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HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

New Orleans, La., March 4, 1865.

Brigadier General J. McARTHUR,

Commanding First Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding desires me to state to you that a steamer will report at Chalmette at about 3 p.m. to-day capable of carrying about 600 men. You will embark on her such of your command as she may carry, using the Victory as a ferry-boat. When embarked, give the commanding officer the same orders as the First Brigade had when they left.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. HOUGH,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 46.

Chalmette, La., March 4, 1865.

Colonel W. R. Marhall, Seventh Minnesota Infantry Volunteers, having returned from leave of absence and being the senior officer in rank of the brigade, is assigned to the command of the Third Brigade, First Division, Sixteenth Army Corps, his authority as brigade commander to date from the 2nd day of March, 1865, the date he reported for duty, relieving Lieutenant Colonel W. H. Heath, Thirty-third Missouri Infantry Volunteers.

By command of Brigadier General J. McArthur:

W. H. F. RANDALL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Chalmette, La., March 4, 1865.

Colonel L. F. HUBBARD,

Commanding Second Brigade:

COLONEL: The general commanding division directs that you hold your command in readiness to embark early to-morrow morning on the Guiding Star for Mobile Bay. You will instruct your officers to use every precaution to prevent any damage being done to the steamer by the troops, and you will please see that they carry out your instructions. The major-general commanding military division has given special instructions in reference to the care of the steamer, and the general commanding division desires there be no cause for complaint on this account. The steamer will be ready to receive troops at 5 a.m. to-morrow. All transportation will be left behind in charge of a proper officer, to be taken to the lake. The Thirty-third Illinois will be detailed as a guard to all the transportation.

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

W. H. F. RANDALL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Camp Chalmette, New Orleans, La., March 4, 1865.

Colonel W. R. MARSHALL,

Commanding Third Brigade:

COLONEL: You will please embark on board a steamer that will report here to-night about 600 of your command. They will be provided with