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to order away. This will, of course, include the troops from Texas. You are respectfully referred to General Orders, Numbers 4, headquarters Military Division, wherein it is directed that all troops shall have three days' rations on hand and be in readiness to move at a moment's notice.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

OLIVER MATTHEWS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

BONNET CARRE, August 5, 1864.

Major GEORGE B. DRAKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

SIR: I have the honor to report all quiet in my command. I have just received information that five or six guerrillas were seen in the rear of Thomas P. May's plantation on the west side of the river yesterday evening.

CYRUS HAMLIN,

Colonel, Commanding

DONALDSONVILLE, August 5, 1864.

(Received 9 a.m.)

Major GEORGE B. DRAKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

We were attacked this morning by Colonel Scott with his brigade of cavalry and one battery and our unconditional surrender demanded: we cut our way through his command, which were thrown out in cornfields completely encircling us. Our loss is small, except camp and garrison equipage and sick men and prisoners. My horse was shot from under me. Captain Norris shot through the shoulder.

S. P. REMINGTON.

Major, Commanding Eleventh New York Cavalry.

DONALDSONVILLE, August 5, 1864-10.45 a.m.

Major GEORGE B. DRAKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I am just moving out in force, and within three hours will give further information. Will open communication with Baton Rouge if possible.

S. P. REMINGTON.

Major, Commanding Eleventh New York Cavalry.

BATON ROUGE, August 5, 1864.

(Received 3.30 p.m.)

Captain O. MATTHEWS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I sent out patrols this morning on all the roads. They have returned and report that they saw a small force on the Clay Cut road and drew their fire. I have drawn in the force from Highland Stockade, think-