MOBILE, May 24, 1865. (Received 12 m. 25th.)
COLONEL: Admiral Thatcher has dispatches that General Magruder, commanding District of Texas, desires to open negotiations. His commissioners will be sent to New Orleans in one of the fastest vessels of Thatcher's squadron at once.
NEW ORLEANS, May 24, 1865-7 p. m.
(Received 3. 50 p. m. 25th.)
Major THOMAS T. ECKERT:
Buckner, Price, and General Brent are now at Baton Rouge with flag of truce to consult with General Canby. They come to New Orleans to-night. General Canby is now on way from Mobile to New Orleans.
W. G. FULLER,
HEADQUARTERS LA FOURCHE DISTRICT,
Brashear City, La., May 24, 1865.
Major W. HOFFMAN,
Asst. Adjt. General, Southern Div. of Louisiana, New Orleans:
The water rose less than an inch during the last twenty-four hours. Yours,
R. A. CAMERON,
Brigadier-General, Commanding District.
HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,
Mobile, Ala., May 24, 1865.
Major General F. J. HERRON,
Commanding District of Baton Rouge, La.:
Please notify General Brent and other commissioners that I have no authority to determine any questions that relate to civil matters, and that any arrangements that may be made upon the subject of their mission must conform to the conditions that controlled the surrender of General Lee's army, the details corresponding with those agreed upon in the case of General Taylor's army, with the modifications authorized in Special Orders, Numbers 215, from the Headquarters of the Army. (See General Orders, Numbers 55, from military division headquarters of yesterday's date. *) Beyond this I have no authority to act, and, unless their powers warrant them in accepting the same terms, it will be inexpedient to appoint commissioners or to make arrangements for a conference. If, with this understanding, they still desire it, you will please accompany
them to New Orleans, to which place I will return to-night. Please invite them to my quarters, where I shall be happy to see you also.
E. R. S. CANBY,
*See 22nd, p. 533.