GENERAL ORDERS No
General Orders No. 49.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE GULF, 19TH A. C.,
Before Port Hudson, June 15, 1863.
The commanding general congratulates the troops before Port Hudson upon the steady advance made upon the enemy's works, and is confident of an immediate and triumphant issue of the contest. We are at all points upon the threshold of his fortifications. One more advance and they are ours!
For the last duty that victory imposes, the commanding general summons the bold men of the corps to the organization of a storming column of 1,000 men, to vindicate the flag of the Union and the memory of its defenders who have fallen! Let them come forward!
Officers who lead the column of victory in this last assault may be assured of the just recognition of their services by promotion, and every officer and soldier who shares its perils and its glory shall receive a medal fit to commemorate the first grand success of the campaign of 1863 for the freedom of the Mississippi. His name will be placed in general orders upon the Roll of Honor.
Division commanders will at once report the names of the officers and men who may volunteer for this service, in order that the organization of the column may be completed without delay.
By command of Major-General General Banks:
RICH'D B. IRWIN,
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