HEADQUARTERS DEFENSES OF NEW ORLEANS,
New Orleans, December 26, 1864.
The Sixtieth Indiana (every man except the sick) will move immediately to Lakeport, with light baggage and four days' rations. The commanding officer will embark his regiment on transports there in waiting, and proceed to Pascagoula and report to Major-General Granger. They must be at Lakeport by sundown to-day. A special train will be at Terre Bonne by 1 o'clock, and perhaps before. The men must be on hand without fail. Acknowledge receipt.
By order of Brigadier-General Sherman:
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,
New Orleans, La., December 26, 1864.
Major General J. J. REYNOLDS,
Commanding Departments of Arkansas, Little Rock, Ark.:
SIR: I am instructed by the major-general commanding to request that you will be pleased to relieve the Fourth Brigade of the Reserve Corps (or such portion thereof as you think can be spared with safety) from duty on and at the mouth of White River, and order it to proceed to this with the least possible delay. The senior officer upon each transport to stop at Morganza for the purpose of telegraphing to these headquarters the probable hour of arrival and the strength of his command. A small portion of the funds due the troops in the pay district of the Gulf is about to arrive, and the Fourth Brigade will probably receive four months' pay immediately upon arrival here. The good news from Tennessee obviates the necessity of keeping any portion of the reserve Corps in General Dana's department, and the First and Second Brigades have therefore been ordered down. If your can possibly spare the whole of the Fourth Brigade be pleased to do so.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
C. T. CHRISTENSEN,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF ARKANSAS, &C., Numbers 88.
Little Rock, Ark., December 26, 1864.
Lieutenant Colonel R. F. Patterson, Twenty-ninth Iowa Infantry, is hereby appointed provost-marshal-general of the Department of Arkansas.
By order of Major General J. J. Reynolds:
W. D. GREEN,
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF THE FRONTIER,
Fort Smith, Ark., December 26, 1864.
Lieutenant Colonel W. D. GREEN,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Department of Arkansas:
SIR: Your dispatch of the 22nd instant, by messenger (telegraph to Lewisburg), has been received. Five boats have arrived. Two will leave in the morning, and I shall try to start the remainder to-morrow.