War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0174 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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HEADQUARTERS LA FOURCHE DISTRICT, Thibodeaux, La., October 22, 1864.

Colonel HARRIS:

Send a gun-boat with fifty infantry if you can spare them, three days' rations and sixty rounds of ammunition, up to the head of Belle River to lay for twenty-four hours for the purpose of intercepting Whitaker's gang, should they undertaken to escape that way.

By command of Brigadier-General Cameron:

B. B. CAMPBELL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS LA FOURCHE DISTRICT, Thibodeaux, La., October 22, 1864.

Colonel HARRIS,

Commanding, Brashear City:

Have a gun-boat sept up Little Bayou Pigeon with 150 infantry as far as Micheltre's place as soon as possible to cut off Whitaker's party of guerrillas who made a raid on the La Fourche last night. Give them eighty rounds of ammunition and five days' rations, so that they can wait and fight them. My two good scouts will be upon the train to go on the boat. Send the best men you have in the command.

By command of Brigadier-General Cameron:

B. B. CAMPBELL,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS LA FOURCHE DISTRICT, Thibodeaux, La., October 22, 1864.

Colonel HARRIS,

Commanding, Brashear City:

The general commanding suggests that the gun-boats take with them several small boats to be used in case of necessity. Arrest and send to these headquarters one Brown, living on Grand River. Have the commanding officer of the expedition notify Micheltre that he will be arrested and severally punished if a guerilla is found on his place, or if he is known to harbor any of them in future. The commanding officer of the expedition will not allow our men, Decker and Newman, to be seen by the citizens. They will be known to Brown or other only as prisoners.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. B. CAMPBELL,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS LA FOURCHE DISTRICT, Thibodeaux, La., October 22, 1864.

Colonel SAYLES,

Third Rhode Island Cavalry, Commanding Napoleonville:

The party your forces were pursuing are reported by the commanding officer at Donaldsonville to number but sixty men, and they cannot number more than 100. You will send out as early as 4 a. m. to-morrow at