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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

New Orleans, May 2, 1865.

COMMANDING OFFICER, Baton Rouge:

Information has been received that Jeff. Davis will attempt a passage of the Mississippi, possibly within the lines of this department. You will take such measures as may be in your power to intercept him if he comes within your lines, and communicate to headquarters any information you may receive upon this subject.

N. P. BANKS,

Major-General, Commanding.

CAMP TOWNSEND, May 2, 1865.

Major General N. J. T. DANA,

Commanding Department, Vicksburg:

GENERAL: I have the honor to send extracts from a letter to me from Brigadier-General Tucker, showing the true feelings of the Southern soldiers.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

N. G. WATS,

Colonel and Agent.

[Inclosure,] HEADQUARTERS,

Jackson, Miss., April 29, 1865.

Colonel N. G. WATTS, Agent of Exchange:

COLONEL: Your letter, 27th instant, just received, * * * I am pleased with the tone of General Dana's letter to General Davidson, published in the Herald of the 25th instant. Every Confederate must view the assassination of President Lincoln with horror and disgust. No Southern hand struck the blow, nor did Southern brains hatch the plot. Lincoln was not a bad man. Johnson has as much intellect as his predecessor. * * * President Lincoln's death is universally considered a calamity to the South.

I am, colonel, very respectfully, &c.,

W. F. TUCKER,

Brigadier- General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DISTRICT OF VICKSBURG, Numbers 30.

Vicksburg, Miss., May 2, 1865.

Official notice having been furnished these headquarters that the armistice affecting this front will terminate at 9 a. m. May 3, 1865, it is ordered that from and after the hour before mentioned hostilities on the part of the troops within the limits of this district will be resumed against all rebels in arms or disloyal persons according to the rules and discipline of war.

By order o Brigadier Ten. Morgan L. Smith:

A. C. FISK,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DISTRICT OF NATCHEZ, DEPT. OF MISSISSIPPI,

May 2, 1865.

Major-General DANA,

Commanding Department of Mississippi:

GENERAL: I have placed the subject of a municipal government for the city of Natchez before some of the leading men of the place. The