HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF, Numbers 209.
New Orleans, August 6, 1864.
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2. Major T. T. Gamble, Eleventh New York Cavalry, is detached from his regiment and will report to the chief of cavalry, Department of the Gulf, for duty as acting assistant inspector-general of the Cavalry Division.
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5. A military district is hereby created, to be known as the District of Baton Rouge and Port Hudson, including the posts of Baton Rouge and Port Hudson. Major General Francis J. Herron, U. S. Volunteers is assigned to the command, and all troops serving within the district will be subject to his orders.
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7. The company of Texas scouts is relieved from duty within the Defenses of New Orleans and will proceed to Morganza, La., and report to Brigadier General M. K. Lawler, commanding U. S. forces at that post. The quartermaster's department will furnish the necessary transportation.
8. The organization known as the First Company of Texas Scouts is discontinued. The enlisted men will be mustered into the First Regiment of Texas Cavalry. The officers, if vacancies exist, will be mustered into the same regiment with their original rank and date. The other officers will be at once mustered out of the service. Brigadier General M. K. Lawler, commanding U. S. forces, at Morganza, is charged with the execution of this order.
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12. In compliance with paragraph 1 of General Orders, Numbers 29, from headquarters Military Division of West Mississippi the Seventy-ninth, Eighty-third, Eighty-eighth, Eighty ninth, and Ninetieth Regiments U. S. Colored Infantry are discontinued, and the enlisted men will be transferred as follows: Seventy-ninth, fifty men to the Seventy-sixth U. S. Colored Infantry, the balance to the Eighty-fourth U. S. Colored Infantry; Eighty-third to the Seventy-third U. S. Colored Infantry: Eighty-eighth,seventy-five men to the Seventy-fifth U. S. Colored Infantry, the balance to the Ninety-seventh U. S. Colored Infantry; Eighty-ninth, 100 men to the Ninety- second U. S. Colored Infantry, the balance to the Ninety-third U. S. Colored Infantry; Ninetieth; 150 men to the Ninety-eight U. S. Colored Infantry. The medical officers of these regiments will report to Surg. R. H. Alexander medical director at these headquarters, for assignment to duty. The other commissioned officers will at once be mustered out of service, but such as desire it will be examined, and if approved will be appointed, with their original date, to any vacancies that may exist or may occur in the retained regiments. The field officers desiring examination will report by letter to these headquarters. The company and regimental staff officers will be examined by a board composed of at least two field officers and one medical officer, to be appointed by the commander of the post where