War of the Rebellion: Serial 102 Page 0220 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LX.

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[Indorsement.]

Atwood is a missionary of a branch of the Mormon Church called Josephites, of whom young Joseph Smith is the leader. They are antipolygamists and loyal.

CONNOR.

HEADQUARTERS LA FOURCHE DISTRICT,

Brashear City, La., April 27, 1865.

Colonel WILLARD SAYLES,

Third Rhode Island Cavalry, Commanding, Napoleonville:

The general commanding the district directs that a weekly cavalry reconnaissance of fifty men be made from your post to Bayou Saint Vincent and along the canal to Lake Verret, for the purpose of cleaning out the guerrillas and jayhawkers now infesting that section of country. No regular day will be established for these scouts, as this would enable the enemy to ambush you or get out of your way for the time. You will telegraph these headquarters whenever these parties are ordered out, giving time of starting, destination, and instructions in brief. Written reports of these expeditions will be made out and forwarded immediately after their return. These reports should always be forwarded in time to reach these headquarters not later in the week than Wednesday.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. B. CAMPBELL,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS LA FOURCHE DISTRICT,

Brashear City, La., April 27, 1865.

Lieutenant-Colonel RICE,

Seventy-fifth U. S. Colored Infantry, Bayou Boeuf:

The general commanding the district directs that a weekly reconnaissance of 100 men in small boats be made from your station through the bayous north of Lake Palourde, south of Lake Natchez, east of Grand Lake, and west of Bayou La Fourche, for the purpose of cleaning them of guerrillas, thieves, and smugglers. No regular day will be established for these expeditions, as this would enable the enemy to ambush and perhaps defeat you. you will telegraph these headquarters whenever these scouting parties are ordered out, giving time of starting, destination, and instructions in brief. Written reports of these expeditions will be made out and forwarded immediately after their return. These reports should always be forwarded in time to reach these headquarters not later in the week than Friday.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. B. CAMPBELL,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS LA FOURCHE DISTRICT,

Brashear City, La., April 27, 1865.

Colonel S. B. JONES,

Seventy-eighth U. S. Colored Infantry, Thibodeaux, La.:

The general commanding the district directs that a weekly mounted reconnaissance of fifty men be made from your post through Labadie-