War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0530 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SIGNAL OFFICER,

New Orleans, La., November 12, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Asst. Adjt. General, Mil. Div. of West Miss., New Orleans, La.:

SIR: I have the honor to submit to your consideration a statement of the information received at this office this 12th day of November, 1864, from the following source, a report from Dr. J. H. Weldon, Natchez, Miss., November 9: There is a force of about thirty cavalry at Trinity, La. There is also a force of fifty near Lake Saint Joseph, Tensas Parish. All other Confederate troops have been ordered within supporting distance of General Price in Arkansas. It is reported that the Connor battery, commanded by Lieutenant J. H. L. Foulk, and a small force of infantry of Harrison's command have been ordered back to Monroe, La.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. M. JACKSON,

Second Lieutenant, Signal Corps, U. S. Army.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, Numbers 183.

New Orleans, La., November 12, 1864.

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II. Recent reports received from the headquarters District of Eastern Arkansas, representing the health of the Sixth Minnesota Regiment as rapidly improving, Special Orders, Numbers 170, paragraph VII, October 27, directing its transfer to Saint Louis, Mo., is hereby revoked, and the convalescents of the regiment now at the latter place and Memphis will be sent as soon as possible to Helena.

In consequence thereof, paragraph VIII of the same order, which directs a regiment of the Nineteenth Army Corps to be sent to Helena to replace the Sixth Minnesota, is likewise revoked.

By order of Major General E. R. S. Canby:

B. F. MOREY,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

New Orleans, November 12, 1864.

Major GEORGE B. DRAKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Department of the Gulf:

MAJOR: The report of the assistant inspector-general of the cavalry forces of the department showing the general reputation of Second Illinois Cavalry for military bearing and efficiency, unequaled by any of the regiments of the of the same arm, I would respectfully recommend that official notice be taken of the same. The regiment has borne this reputation for months past, and to encourage the maintenance of the same it would seem but just to bestow the laudation it so richly deserves.

I am, major, very respectfully,

W. H. THURSTON,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.