HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, U.S. COLORED TROOPS,
Vicksburg, Miss., July 9, 1864.
Capt. ROBERT RANNEY,
Comdg. Battery C, Second U. S. Colored Light Artillery:
CAPTAIN: You will please have the entire effective force of your company in readiness to march at 4 o'clock to-morrow morning, equipped as infantry. The men will carry on their person five days' small rations (no meat) and sixty rounds of ammunition per man. The men will take no baggage except one blanket each. No cooking utensils will be required except cups for coffee, which the men can carry on their persons. No tents nor baggage will be allowed for officers that will require transportation. Officers must confine themselves to what they can carry. Your men will be relieved from fatigue this p.m.
You will report in person to Brig. Gen. I. F. Shepard, commanding First Brigade, without delay for further instructions.
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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