War of the Rebellion: Serial 102 Page 1036 Chapter LX. LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI.

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the other public property will be taken wherever found. The rascality of the Rio Grande frontier is beyond solution on intermediate grounds, where there is no government and a questionable protectorate. It is due to the history of our country that this portion of the late rebellion should be crushed out in a manly way and with the power o fa great nation, as a contrast to this French subterfuge to assist in the attempt to ruin our country.

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

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE SOUTHWEST,

New Orleans, July 1, 1865.

Major General E. R. S. CANBY,

Commanding Department of the Gulf:

GENERAL: I am instructed by General Sheridan to inclose You the within copy of telegram just received from Lieutenant-General Grant. * The general thinks that it was sent to him my mistake.

I am, general, very respectfully,

JAS. W. FORSYTH,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF THE SOUTHWEST, Numbers 6. New Orleans, La., July 1, 1865.

Brigadier General James W. Forsyth having been relieved from duty at these headquarters by Special Orders, Numbers 23, paragraph 8, current series, assigning him a cavalry command, Bvt. Brigadier General George A. Forsyth is announced as chief of staff to the major-general commanding.

By command of Major-General Sheridan:

E. B. PARSONS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF THE SOUTHWEST, Numbers 23. New Orleans, La., July 1, 1865.

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5. Major General F. Steele, commanding U. S. forces on the Rio Grande, having a command greater than that of an army corps, in authorized to act upon applications for leaves of absence, resignations, and discharges upon surgeons' certificates of disability, without referring the papers to these headquarters.

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8. Brigadier General J. W. Forsyth, U. S. Volunteers, is hereby relieved from duty as chief of staff at these headquarters, in order to take a cavalry command, and will report for duty without delay to Major General G. A. Custer, commanding cavalry division at Alexandria, La.

By command of Major-General Sheridan:

E. B. PARSONS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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* See June 30, p. 1031.

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