HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION
HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, U.S. COLORED TROOPS,
Vicksburg, Miss., May 9, 1864.
Brig. Gen. I. F. SHEPARD,
Commanding First Brigade:
GENERAL: You will please direct Col. F. M. Crandal, commanding Forty-eighth U.S. Colored Infantry, to move his command to Big Black to-morrow morning at 8 o'clock. The commanding officer of the Fortieth U.S. Colored Infantry has been directed to have his command in readiness to move at that hour, and to report to Colonel Crandal for orders. A section of artillery has been detached from Colonel Lieb's command, and will also move out under the commanding officer of the infantry. On the arrival of the forces at Big Black the commanding officer will report to Brig. Gen. E. S. Dennis. If he has moved from there they will proceed to Edwards' Depot. The troops will carry three days' rations in haversacks and three in wagons.
By order of Brig. Gen. J.P. Hawkins:
SAML. B. FERGUSON,
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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