War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0518 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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MORGANZA, November 11, 1864.

(Received 9.30 a. m.)

Major General S. A. HURLBUT:

I am now ready to send my cavalry down through the parish. What force will you send from Plaquemine to co-operate, and who will be in command? Will you please have the officer report to me by telegraph.

M. K. LAWLER,

Brigadier-General.

NEW ORLEANS, November 11, 1864.

General LAWLER:

General Lee has been ordered to send the force from Baton Rouge and communicate with you.

GEO. B. DRAKE,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

NEW ORLEANS, November 11, 1864.

Brigadier-General LAWLER:

The expedition down the Grossetete will wait until the return of one now under preparation in a different direction, of which you will be notified.

By order of Major-General Hurlbut:

GEO. B. DRAKE,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

NEW ORLEANS, November 11, 1864.

Brigadier-General LAWLER:

Please send two of your strongest white regiments, under command of a good officer, to Natchez with the least possible delay, to return as soon as the emergency has passed. The general's condition is favorable, everything considered.

C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

BATON ROUGE, November 11, 1864-2.30 p. m.

(Received 3.15 p. m.)

Major GEORGE B. DRAKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Brigadier-General Lee and myself have matured a plan which we think promises to effectually clear out the back country of rebels. It will require all the cavalry for a week. Will such an expedition interfere with the arrangements of the major-general commanding department.

W. P. BENTON,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.