War of the Rebellion: Serial 084 Page 0886 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF, Numbers 230.

New Orleans, August 27, 1864.

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2. Brigadier General Richard Arnold, chief of artillery of department, is authorized to cause the transfer of the armament of Battery A, Second Illinois Light Artillery, consisting of four 30-pounder Parrott guns and carriages, with implements complete, to Company K, First Indiana Artillery. After the transfer Battery A, above named, will proceed to this city with their horses and harness, and report to General Arnold, chief of artillery, to be equipped as light artillery. The quartermaster's department will furnish the necessary transportation.

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By command of Major-General Banks:

W. D. PUTNAM,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

BATON ROUGE, August 27, 1864.

(Received 7.30 p. m.)

Major GEORGE B. DRAKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Major-General Herron has just come in from the expedition. The breaking down of a bridge near Port Hudson delayed the infantry column, but notwithstanding this the result was a success. General Herron inflicted a loss upon the enemy of at least 150, besides destroying a large amount of stores at and near Clinton, La. Our loss in killed and wounded about 30.

Respectfully,

W. H. CLAPP,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

THIBODEAUX, August 27, 1864.

(Received 6.15 p. m.)

Major GEORGE B. DRAKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

The enemy ambushed and captured a sergeant and one man and wounded another, all of the Sixteenth Indiana Mounted Infantry, while on patrol at Berwick this morning.

R. A. CAMERON,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

MORGANZA, LA., August 27, 1864--12.30 p. m.

Major-General REYNOLDS:

I have no information as to the crossing of the river by the enemy. Contraband reports represent them building boats at Alexandria to be used for that purpose, but I have nothing reliable.

M. K. LAWLER,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.