Cavalry not at New Orleans; Third Michigan Cavalry now at Baton Rouge; First Louisiana Cavalry, now at Vicksburg; Second Illinois Cavalry, now at Vicksburg; Fourth Wisconsin Cavalry, now at Vicksburg. Any deficiencies in horses, equipment, or arms, will at once be supplies from the cavalry remaining in the department. Brevet Major-General Grierson, commanding the cavalry forces of the Department, is charged with the prompt execution of this order.
XII. Bvt. Major General B. H. Grierson, U. S. Volunteers, is hereby assigned to the command of the cavalry forces of this department.
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By order of Major General E. R. S. Canby:
C. H. DYER,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS NORTHERN DIVISION OF LOUISIANA, Baton Rouge [Natchitoches?], La., June 5, 1865.
Colonel A. DE BLANC,
DEAR SIR: Until the establishment of our post and matters are fully settled I would like to use the reserve force as a mans of preserving quiet throughout the parishes. Can I have your co-operation in this matter? If so, please confer fully with Colonel Van Anda, commanding at this point. The reserve can be paroled at once, or as fast as they come, and still act in the way spoken of above until we got our cavalry fairly moving. They can do much good in preserving order among the negroes and putting down jayhawkers. Will you please give such instructions to them as will accomplish the end we have in view. I had hoped to see you here personally but will not be able to until my return from Shreveport.
With kind regards, colonel, I am, very truly, yours,
F. J. HERRON,
HEADQUARTERS U. S. MILITARY POST, Natchitoches, La., July 12, 1865.
Respectfully referred to Brigadier-General Veatch, commanding Norther District of Louisiana, for instructions as to the propriety of continuing this order in force.
Brevet Brigadier-General, Commanding.
HEADQUARTERS NORTHERN DIVISION OF LOUISIANA, Shreveport, La., July 15, 1865.
Respectfully returned. It is not deemed advisable to retain this organization.
By command of Brigadier General J. C. Veatch:
BENJ. F. MONROE,
Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.