War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0924 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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II. All orders heretofore in force will continue to be obeyed until otherwise directed.

III. Lieutenant Robert S. Roe, adjutant Second Colorado Cavalry, is announced as acting assistant adjutant-general.

JAMES H. FORD,

Colonel Second Colorado Cavalry.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, Numbers 223.

New Orleans, La., December 24, 1864.

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2. Special Orders, Numbers 221, paragraph 3, current series, from these headquarters, which directs the Twelfth Illinois Cavalry to proceed to Morganza, La., is hereby revoked, and the Second New York [Veteran] Cavalry substituted in its place.

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

C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

New Orleans, December 24, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

At 12 p. m. of last night I received telegram,* copy of which I handled you, from Brigadier-General Benton, at Baton Rouge, exhibiting great apprehension of immediate attack. I immediately telegraph to General Ullmann, at Morganza, to send two regiments of infantry without delay. I desire to call the attention of the commanding general to the fact that I am now informed that the same information in substance was communicated by a subaltern of General Benton's staff to Major Marston at 3.45 yesterday afternoon, and if true, and as important as it appears, should have been known to General Benton at that time, Not infrequently movements have failed from this want of promptness, and as it is difficult occasionally to arouse operators in their offices at distant posts at night, this delay from the afternoon into the middle of the night may be the cause of disaster. I shall require General Benton to answer for this apparent neglect of duty.

Your obedient servant,

S. A. HURLBUT,

Major-General, Commanding.

[Indorsement.]

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

New Orleans, December 24, 1864.

Respectfully returned to Major-General Hurlbut, with the information that the dispatch referred to as having been sent to Major Marston at 3.45 yesterday afternoon was submitted to General Benton in duplicate before it was telegraph to this city.

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

C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

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* See p. 920.

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