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GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF THE SOUTHWEST Numbers 1.

Cairo, Ill., May 29, 1865.

In obedience to paragraph 2, of General Orders, Numbers 95, dated War Department, Adjutant-General's Office, Washington, May 17, 1865, the undersigned hereby assumes general command west of the Mississippi and south of the Arkansas River. Headquarters will be temporarily established at New Orleans. This command will be known as the Military Division of the Southwest until further orders.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, U. S. Army.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

New Orleans, May 29, 1865.

Major-General STEELE,

Mobile, Ala.:

Your command will sail at once for the Rio Grande. The Twenty-fifth Corps will follow. Do you need anything before sailing?

E. R. S. CANBY,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

New Orleans, May 29, 1865.

Lieutenant-Colonel SAWTELLE,

Mobile:

Will you have any spare sea-going after providing for Steele's command? I wish to send a force to Galveston at once. Please report immediately.

E. R. S. CANBY,

Major-General, Commanding.

MOBILE, May 29, 1865-4. 15 p. m.

Major General E. R. S. CANBY:

I have no sea-going vessels at my command after supplying General Steele's command. None of the six steamers sent by Quartermaster-General have yet arrived here. I will report to you by telegraph as soon as any sea steamers are available for the purpose require.

C. G. SAWTELLE,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief Quartermaster.

NEW ORLEANS, LA.,

On board U. S. Steamer Altona, May 29, 1865.

Major-General CANBY,

Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: We, the undersigned, have the honor to inform you that on the 24th instant we were appointed commissioners by Major General J. B. Magruder, commanding the troops in the State of Texas, to proceed to New Orleans, or such other place as may be necessary, to negotiate with the commanding general of the Federal troops at or near