Correspondence from T. W. Sherman to Major-General Hurlbut
HEADQUARTERS SOUTHERN DIVISION OF LOUISIANA
New Orleans, La., February 17, 1865
Your note of yesterday is received. In accordance with Special Orders, No. 41, current series, from your headquarters, the Seventh Vermont Volunteers was ordered on the 13th instant to immediately move to Dauphin Island. It has not gone, and I am informed the reason is that they can get no transportation. I have directed the Twentieth U.S. Colored Infantry to come down and replace one of these regiments, though I wanted to retain it at the Parapet to furnish a force for putting the works there in repair. The Indiana heavy artillery furnished a large force for guard duty, and this regiment is likewise ordered away. It will therefore be necessary to have another regiment detailed for guard duty in the city, and in order to be sufficient it should be a large one.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
T. W. SHERMAN,