The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 48, In Two Parts. Part 2, Correspondence, etc. Page: 842
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LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI.
:yesterday, and the troops can move up the Rio Grande as the boats
arrive for the transportation of supplies up the river. There are now
only twenty six-mule teams on the island. My order was to bring a
:six-mule team for every 200 men of the command that came with me
from Mobile, but for want of transportation or some other cause all
the regiments have not complied with the order. Boats drawing over
nine or ten feet of water cannot cross the bar of this harbor with safety,
and there is only one small steamer to lighter. General Canby informed
me that four others had been ordered here for that purpose and to ply
on the Rio Grande. I hope they may be sent over immediately, as they
are very much needed. There is no water on the island except what is
condensed by machinery. The condensers produce only 6,000 gallons
per diem, so that it will be necessary to move the troops destined for
the Rio Grande and the "movable column" to the river at once.
Brigadier-General Brown had on my arrival a total of 1,915 effective,
stationed as follows: The Sixty-second U. S. Colored, 675; Thirty-
fourth Indiana Infantry, 300; Second Texas Cavalry, 250 (50 mounted);
total 1,425 at Brownsville, and the Forty-sixth U. S. Colored, 490, at
Brazos. I have been waiting to hear from you before designating the
stations on the Rio Grande above Brownsville. I suppose it will be
best to establish a camp for the "movable column" as near Brazos as
practicable. We have a depot at Clarksville, niine miles from here, and
one small steamer to supply Brownsville at present. The hauling is
very heavy, and when the posts are established up the river it will be
necessary to have more land transportation or steamers that can cross
the bar at the mouth of the Rio Grande. The people at Bagdad say
that Walker's division of rebels is in Mexico at Piedras Negras, and
that it is going to Sonora to join Doctor Gwin. "Yesterday I saw Doc-
tor Cafiedo, a secret-service man sent here by General Canby. He
goes to New Orleans to-day, and can give you all the rumors and tell
you what he saw. When the rebels see the President's late proclama-
tion I think they will declare for the Imperialists. A strong feeling of
sympathy between them has been manifest. The rebels would like to
be sure of being on the winning side, and if they could be pardoned for
past offenses I think they would join the Liberals, believing that it is
the popular side in the United States. I will write you again by the
first opportunity. Please send me the order announcing your staff.
I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE SOUTHWEST,
New Orleans, June 16, 1865.
Official copy furnished Major-General Granger for his information.
JAS. W. FORSYTH,
Brigadier- General and Chief of Staff.
SPECIAL ORDERS, BDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,
No. 154. New Orleans, La., June 10, 1865.
6. The entire bateau bridge equipage (except wagons), and correspond-
ing to ninety bateaus, received from Engineer Bureau on requisition
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