HEADQUARTERS OF THE POST AND DEF
HEADQUARTERS OF THE POST AND DEFENSES,
Vicksburg, Miss., February 14, 1864.
Brig. Gen. J.P. HAWKINS,
Commanding First Division, African Descent:
SIR: You are directed by the general commanding to send an expedition of three regiments from your command at Haynes' Bluff toward Mechanicsburg and the ferry over Black River near Vernon, destroying the ferry at that place, should there be one; ascertaining whether any of the enemy's cavalry are in that vicinity, and any other facts connected with their retreat from Yazoo City. If the commanding officer encounters the enemy during this expedition he will cautiously feel him, and if not found too strong for his force, he will attack him and demoralize him as much as possible. This expedition will be supplied with five days' rations, and 100 rounds of ammunition per man. Upon their return the commanding officer will immediately forward a complete report of his expedition.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. H. F. RANDALL,
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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