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GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF, Numbers 165.

New Orleans, November 20, 1864.

In accordance with the assignment of the President, published in extract 41, Special Orders, 384, War Department, Adjutant-General's Office, Major George B. Drake, assistant adjutant-general, U. S. Volunteers, is hereby announced as assistant adjutant-general Department of the Gulf, with rank and pay of lieutenant-colonel, from November 4, 1864.

S. A. HURLBUT,

Major-General, Commanding.

MORGANZA, November 20, 1864.

(Received 7 p. m.)

Lieutenant Colonel C. T. CHRISTENSEN:

The One hundred and fourteenth Ohio Volunteers has been ordered to the mouth of White River by General Reynolds. This leaves me with only one white regiment at this place. I have received a communication from Brigadier-General Brayman requesting me to send a steamer to Natchez for my two regiments there. Shall I do so? All the cavalry are ordered to Baton Rouge. I think that there should be at least one regiment of cavalry here during the winter, and if he emergency will permit I would respectfully recommend that the Second New York [Veteran] be ordered to remain. Answer.

M. K. LAWLER,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

New Orleans, La., November 20, 1864.

Brigadier General M. K. LAWLER,

Commanding U. S. Forces, Morganza, La.:

The order already given in relation to the cavalry must remain in force. It will probably not be required for many days.

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

C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

BATON ROUGE, November 20, 1864-9 a. m.

Major GEORGE B. DRAKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

The following dispatch has just been received from Port Hudson:

Force sent out to-day obtained information that General Lee's forces left Clinton for Liberty Tuesday morning; consequently could not communicate with them. General Lee is said to have captured Hodge's staff. The general himself escaped.

W. P. BENTON,

Brigadier-General.

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