War of the Rebellion: Serial 102 Page 0204 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LX.

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HEADQUARTERS SOUTHERN DIVISION OF LOUISIANA,

New Orleans, April 26, 1865.

Captain F. W. PERKINS,

Assistant Quartermaster:

CAPTAIN: The brigadier-general commanding directs that you instruct the captain of the boat Colonel Chandler, hence for Fort Livingston, to be on the lookout for a party of the rebel crew of the ram Webb, reported to have passed into the canal on their way to the Gulf near Fort Livingston. A guard of ten men from the Forty-sixth U. S. Colored Infantry will be ordered to report to you for duty on the boat this trip. They will be relieved upon their return.

I am, sir, respectfully,

WICKHAM HOFFMAN,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SOUTHERN DIVISION OF LOUISIANA,

New Orleans, April 26, 1865.

ASSISTANT ADJUTANT-GENERAL DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF:

I have the honor to report the return of Captain W. R. Curry, Tenth Illinois Cavalry, who was sent with a squadron of cavalry night before last to apprehend the refugees of the ram Webb. He has succeeded in arresting twenty-six of then, who I have ordered to be turned over to the commissary of prisoners, they being all, as he informs me, enlisted men. He has been directed to send in a written report with the descriptions of the men.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

T. W. SHERMAN,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SOUTHERN DIVISION OF LOUISIANA,

New Orleans, April 26, 1865.

COMMANDING OFFICER FORT LIVINGSTON:

SIR: A party of about ten of the crew of the rebel ram Webb has passed into the canal and it is supposed will attempt to escape into the Gulf near Fort Livingston. You will make every effort to intercept and capture them.

I am, sir, respectfully,

WICKHAM HOFFMAN,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT JACKSON, April 26, 1865. (Received 9 a. m.)

Major Wickham HOFFMAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Dispatch saying crew rebel ram had passed into canal forty-two miles below New Orleans received. Have sen to notify Fort Livingston.

A. J. FITZWATER,

Major, Commanding.