HDQRS. SECOND BRIGADE, SECOND DIVISION CAVALRY,
MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,
Baton Rouge, La., May 23, 1865.
Major General P. J. OSTERHAUS,
Chief of Staff:
(Through Brigadier-General West.)
I report the arrival of my command in Baton Rouge on the 22nd instant. The cavalry horses are in good condition as when I started. The wagon train and its animals are unfit for a campaign, as they were when they were turned over to my quartermaster. A few days will be needed to fit the pontoon train and bridge for the field. Some of the boats need caulking and pitching badly. They will of course be attended to. A more complete report will be forwarded as early as practicable.
I remain, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,
Mobile, May 23, 1865.
Bvt. Brigadier General E. D. OSBAND,
Your dispatch of yesterday's date in regard to the meeting on the 20th, and your action with reference to the rebel Legislature and the State archives, is received and approved. General A. J. Smith has been requested to send the Mississippi land-office papers from Montgomery, to be deposited at Jackson.
By order of Major General E. R. S. Canby:
C. T. CHRISTENSEN,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.
Washington, D. C., May 23, 1865.
Direct Colonel Pritchard to report in person to the Adjutant-General with his men. Let him be sure to bring with him the woman's dress in which Jefferson Davis was captured.
By order of the Secretary of War:
C. A. DANA,
Assistant Secretary of War.
HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DISTRICT OF FORT MONROE,
May 23, 1865.
Fourth Michigan Cavalry, Fort Monroe, Va.:
COLONEL: In compliance with instructions from the Secretary of War you will proceed to Washington with the detachment under your command and report in person to the Adjutant-General. You will take with you the woman's dress in which Jeff. Davis was captured.
By order of Brevet Major-General Miles:
Major and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.