PART II. -VOL. XXXIV.
CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, AND RETURNS RELATING TO OPERATIONS IN LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI STATES AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI STATES AND TERRITORIES, FROM JANUARY 1, 1864, TO MARCH 31, 1864.*
UNION CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.+
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GLUF,
New Orleans, January 1, 1864.
Major-General W. B. FRANKLIN,
Commanding Troops in Western Lousiana, New Iberia:
GENERAL: You will please order the Twelfth Connecticut Regiment to New Orleans in accordance with your recommendation. It will be reported to the commander of the Defenses of New Orleans.
By command of Major-General Banks:
CHAS. P. STONE,
Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,
Fort Esperanza, Tex., January 1, 1864.
Major General N. P. BANKS,
Commanding Department of the Gulf:
GENERAL: Your dispatch of the 24th ultimo was received three days ago. I am glad to know that all is being done that is possible toward forwarding troops and munitions of war. The complaint of the quartermaster, that the transports are detained here is groundless. A boat is seldom detained here over two days, unless the weather is too bad to go to sea. That may understand where the delay is, I state that the steamer Alabama left here for New Orleans left here for New Orleans on the 17th instant [ultimo], and the Saint Mary's, Continental, Blackstone and De Molay on the 18th. The Saint Mary's sand De Molay returned on the evening of the 29th instant [ultimo], being absent eleven days, six or though absent fourteen days, have not yet returned. The De Molay arrived just at night, too late to light her, and during the night
*Including Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Indian Territory, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, and the Department of the Northwest, embracing Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
+For Union and Confederate Correspondence, from April 1, 1864, to June 30, 1864, see Part III.