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HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

March 30, 1865.

Major-General CANBY:

General Smith is very anxious that the 10-inch siege mortars should go to General Carr's front instead of against Battery Huger, having little confidence in their efficiency against the latter, and being desirous of a mortar fire against Spanish Fort. What are your wishes?

M. D. MCALESTER,

Captain and Chief Engineer.

HEADQUARTERS,

March 30, 1865.

Lieutenant Colonel J. ALLEN,

General Smith's Headquarters:

When you have located a mortar battery near the 30-pounder Parrotts get it ready for the reception of the platforms, making use of the details now at work on the 30-pounder Parrott batteries after they complete the latter.

M. D. MCALESTER,

Captain and Chief Engineer.

[MARCH 30, 1865.]

Lieutenant C. J. ALLEN,

General Smith's Headquarters:

At what time in the morning will the 10-inch mortars and 30-pounders in front of Sixteenth Corps be ready to open?

M. D. MCALESTER,

Captain and Chief Engineer.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

March 30, 1865.

Major-General CANBY:

I will try and have the other two mortars ready by 8 o'clock.

A. J. SMITH.

HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

March 30, 1865.

Major General A. J. SMITH:

General Osterhaus will feel obliged if you will tell him when the 30-pounders are ready to open.

C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

March 30, 1865.

Major-General OSTERHAUS:

The 30-pounder will be ready to open at daylight, and two mortars at the same hour. At what hour shall I open?

A. J. SMITH,

Major-General.