HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, MILL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
Macon, Ga., May 17, 1865. (Via Montgomery.)
Major General E. R. S. CANBY:
There are three or four good boats on the Apalachicola capable of carrying, between them 350 tons, of freight all the year round. If you can deliver that amount of freight every six days at Apalachicola, I can therefore get it to my command. I shall be greatly obliged to you if you will make arrangements to send me hay and oats by that line.
My command must suffer, unless this can be done, till the Chattanooga and Atlanta Railroad is open.
J. H. WILSON,
WAR DEPT., ADJT., GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 95.
Washington, May 17, 1865.
I. The Military Division of West Mississippi is abolished. The States of Louisiana Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, and the District of Key West and the Tortugas, will constitute the Department of the Gulf. Major General E. R. S. Canby is assigned to the command, headquarters at New Orleans. Major-General Banks is relieved from the command of the Department of the Gulf, and will report, in writing, to the Adjutant-General at Washington.
II. Major General Sheridan is relieved from the command of the Middle Military Division, and is assigned to general command west of the Mississippi River, south of the Arkansas River. Major-General Sheridan will report to Lieutenant-General Grant for instructions.
By order the President of the United States:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
MONTGOMERY, May 17, 1865.
Lieutenant Colonel T C. CHRISTENSEN,
General G. T. Beauregard and staff arrived here last evening on their way to New Orleans. I shall send them down by first boat, allowing them to take their side-arms, private baggage, and horses, but retaining their wagons and teams, which are Government property. The staff and attaches number twenty-three persons.
A. J. SMITH,
HEADQUARTERS THIRD CAVALRY BRIGADE,
J. P. Pippin's Place, Four miles and a half from Eutaw,
May 17, 1865.
Major S. L. WOODWARD,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Cavalry Forces:
I have the honor to report that my headquarters are at this place, four miles and a half from town. The Fourth Wisconsin Cavalry and battery are now in camp one mile beyond; the Tenth Indiana Cavalry not far from here, and the First Louisiana Cavalry with the train coming up. Please send any orders you have by bearer.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
T. J. LUCAS,