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discharge of the duties of such offices; that, in grateful recognition of the services, sacrifices, and sufferings of persons honorably discharged from the military and naval service by reason of wounds, disease, or the expiration of terms of enlistment, it was respectfully recommended to bankers, merchants, manufacturers, mechanics, farmers, and persons engaged in industrial pursuits, to give them the preference for appointments to remunerative situations and employments. On the twenty-third of March, on motion of Mr. Wilson, the joint resolution was taken up, and it passed without division in both Houses, and was approved by the President on the third of March, 1865. No. Lxxxiv.--The Bill to provide for a Chief of Staff to the Lieutenant-General Commanding the Armies of the United States. In the Senate, on the twenty-fifth of February, 1865, Mr. Wilson introduced a bill to provide for a chief of staff to the Lieutenant-General commanding the armies of the United States, wh
ard as rapidly as possible for army at Vicksburg. Purchase from planters at the lowest prices you can, and impress all in hands of speculators at same rates. About the same time Major-General Taylor, commanding West Louisiana was respectfully urged to have all the beeves, bacon, and salted pork, forwarded, and it gives me great pleasure to add that I am greatly indebted to his active exertions, as well as to Lieutenant-Colonel Broadwell, for large supplies of corn and meat. On the twenty-third of March the following letter was received from Lieutenant-Colonel Broadwell: Alexandria, La., 17th March, 1863. General: Four steamboats arrived here to-day from Shreveport and Jefferson, loaded chiefly with corn. One of them had three hundred thousand pounds of bacon; three others — the Charm, Texas, and Frolic — are reported coming down with loads; five others — the Falls City, Louisville, Starlight, General Hodges, and Ninahnis — are below here, with full cargoes, designed for
the Louisiana was anchored above the forts and that the firerafts were not sent down, I telegraphed Captain Mitchell, requesting him to attend to it, and afterwards called upon Commodore Whittle and entreated him to order the steamer to take the desired position below the forts. This he declined to do, but telegraphed Captain Mitchell, telling him to strain a point to place the vessel there, if, in his judgment, it was advisable. No change, however, was made, and in the night of the twenty-third March, I went down myself in a steamboat to urge Captain Mitchell to have the Louisiana anchored in the position indicated, also to ascertain why the fire-rafts were not sent down. A few moments after the attack commenced, and the enemy succeeded in passing with fourteen ships, as described in General Duncan's report, and the battle of New Orleans, as against ships of war, was over, I returned at once to the city, narrowly escaping capture, and giving orders to General Smith, in command of