War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0664 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, Numbers 194.

New Orleans, La., November 24, 1864.

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7. Brigadier General Thomas J. McKean, U. S. Volunteers, is hereby relieved from duty as president of the general court-martial appointed by Special Orders, Numbers 159, paragraph 3, current series, from these headquarters, as soon as the case on which the court is now engaged has been concluded, when he will report to the major-general commanding the Department of the Gulf for assignment to duty.

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

C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

MORGANZA, LA., November 24, 1864. (Received 10.20 a. m.)

Lieutenant Colonel C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

The enemy's cavalry are hovering around all my lines. General Lawler drew in what few cavalry pickets there were and yesterday before sundown the enemy attempted to cut off my up-river outposts, killing the officer in command and several men. Last night they attacked my left, killing some and driving off the cattle. It is represented that a force, large or small, is crossing the Atchafalaya. It will not be possible to prevent the capturing of outposts without cavalry. Colonel Chrysler, Second New York [Veteran] Cavalry, is here to take away the thirty or more cavalry left and all the ineffective men. I earnestly ask that Colonel Chrysler, with his regiment, now at Baton Rouge, be ordered back, as they are all familiar with every bridle-path in this section. It is desirable that I should have an answer this morning before Colonel Chrysler leaves.

DANIEL ULLMANN,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, New Orleans, La., November 24, 1864.

Brigadier General DANIEL ULLMANN,

Morganza:

Your dispatch received. Brigadier-General Davidson, our chief of cavalry, is now at Baton Rouge. Please communicate with him. He has full authority to do what he thinks necessary.

C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, New Orleans, La., November 24, 1864.

Brigadier General J. W. DAVIDSON,

Baton Rouge:

General Ullmann reports that the enemy's cavalry are harassing his lines and asks that the Second New York [Veteran] Cavalry, or a por-