War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0932 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

New Orleans, La., December 26, 1864.

Major General GORDON GRANGER,

Commanding Dist. of West Fla. and South Ala., East Pascagoula, Miss.:

SIR: I am instructed by the major-general commanding to inform you that General Hurlbut has been directed to re-enforce you with 1,000 infantry from this city. They will probably reach you to-morrow morning. As soon as they have disembarked, the transportation should be placed at the disposal of General Davidson and you are respectfully requested to aid him in expediting as much as possible the transfer of the cavalry from West Pascagoula to this city.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST FLORIDA,

Barrancas, December 26, 1864.

Major JAMES E. MONTGOMERY,

A. A. G., Dist. of West Fla. and South Ala., Fort Gaines, Ala.:

MAJOR: I have the honor to report that on the 24th instant Lieutenant-Colonel Spurling, Second Maine Cavalry, being engaged with a party of troops procuring logs up the bay, went with a portion of his guard in pursuit of a small party of the enemy near Milton and captured eight rebels soldiers and number of horses without casualty to our troops.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

THO. J. McKEAN,

Brigadier-General, u. S. Volunteers, Commanding.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

New Orleans, La., December 26, 1864.

Major General S. A. HURLBUT,

Commanding Department of the Gulf, New Orleans, La.:

SIR: The major-general commanding desires that two regiments (an equivalent of the force sent from here to General Granger) be ordered from Baton Rouge to this city. If your desire it the two regiments of the Third Brigade, Reserve Corps, recently transferred from Morganza to Baton Rouge, may be selected. General Bailey has been instructed to forward the cavalry, now at Greenville and to arrive from West Pascagoula, as fast as possible to Baton Rouge, and, if you think it can be done safely, the transfer of the infantry from there to this city might be done now, contingent upon the arrival of the cavalry.

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

C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

New Orleans, December 26, 1864.

[General E. R. S. CANBY:]

GENERAL: The Twentieth U. S. Colored Infantry will move from Camp Parapet this morning about 7. As it will not march through the city it should arrive at Lakeport by 1 p. m. The Sixtieth Indiana,