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HDQRS. DEPT. OF LOUISIANA AND TEXAS,

New Orleans, La., July 20, 1865.

I. The Department of Louisiana and Texas is hereby subdivided into districts, as follows:

1. Eastern District of Louisiana, comprising the part of the State of Louisiana east of the Mississippi River, the part included between the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers, and the posts along the line from Brashear City via New Iberia to Washington; headquarters at New Orleans.

2. Western District of Louisiana, comprising the remainder of the State of Louisiana and the posts in the northeastern part of Texas held by troops from Western Louisiana; headquarters at Alexandria.

3. Eastern District of Texas, comprising that part of the State of Texas east of the Brazos and Navasota Rivers and the meridian of the town of Springfield, on the Navasota River, except the posts included in the Western District of Louisiana; headquarters at Houston.

4. Central District of Texas, comprising that part of the State of Texas between the Nueces River and the Eastern District of Texas, as above defined; headquarters for the present at Victoria.

5. Western District of Texas, comprising that part of the State of Texas between the Rio Grande and the Nueces Rivers; headquarters at Brownsville.

The cavalry under the command of Major-General Merritt will report direct to headquarters Military Division of the Gulf.

II. The following assignments to the command of districts are hereby made, viz:

1. Eastern District of Louisiana, Bvt. Maj. Gen. T. W. Sherman

2. Western District of Louisiana, Bvt. Maj. Gen. J.P. Hawkins assigned to duty according to his brevet of major-general).

         3. Eastern District of Texas, Maj. Gen. Joseph A. Mower. 4. Central District of Texas, Maj. Gen. D. S. Stanley. 5. Western District of Texas,   Maj. Gen. F. Steele.

For convenience of administration, all troops within the limits of the districts not already included in divisional organizations will be attached to divisions; or, when the number of troops is not sufficient, will be organized into separate brigades and reported to department headquarters for the action required by War Department General Orders, No. 251, series of 1864.

III. Attention is hereby called to the reports required by General Orders, No. 1, from these headquarters.

By order of Maj. Gen. E. R. S. Canby:

 J. SCHUYLER CROSBY,

Bvt. Lieut. Col., Aide-de-Camp, and Actg. Asst. Adjt. Gen.

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SOURCE: United States War Department. THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.

 


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