War of the Rebellion: Serial 102 Page 0038 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LX.

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HEADQUARTERS SOUTHERN DIVISION OF LOUISIANA, New Orleans, La., April 6, 1865.

Colonel PARHURST,

Opposite Donaldsonville:

Information has reached this office that about sixty men intend coming in from back of the Amite, striking the river between you and Bonnet Carre, to rob, plunder, and try to burn boats. They may go in above you. Keep out scouting parties and not let them move on any road without your knowledge.

By command of Brigadier-General Sherman:

W. D. SMITH,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SOUTHERN DIVISION OF LOUISIANA, New Orleans, La., April 6, 1865.

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Bonnet Carre:

Information has been received at these headquarters that about sixty men, the same party that captured Captain Darling, intend coming in again, striking the river at some point above you. Make such disposition as will at once prevent this raid.

By order of Brigadier-General Sherman:

W. D. SMITH,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Acting Assistant Inspector-General.

HEADQUARTERS SOUTHERN DIVISION OF LOUISIANA, New Orleans, La., April 6, 1865.

Colonel BYRNE,

Bonnet Carre:

Get your men ready to march up the coast. Directions will be sent inside an hour. Have every man ready, leaving a strong guard at camp.

By command of Brigadier-General Sherman:

W. D. SMITH,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Acting Assistant Inspector-General.

HEADQUARTERS SOUTHERN DIVISION OF LOUISIANA, New Orleans, La., April 6, 1865.

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Bonnet Carre:

The general directs that you take every precaution to prevent surprise on any point of your line, and to be prepared to promptly and effectually capture this band, the post at Bonnet Carre always to be kept secure. This is the first requisite, and all other available men to be held in readiness to move to any point the occasion may call for. You will communicate with Colonel Parkhurst to make similar dispositions; the point opposite Donaldsonville to be held at all events, and what troops that can be spared to co-operate with the troops below. These instructions to be general for whatever my transpire in your