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rt was agreed to. The House of Representatives concurred in the report of the committee of conference, and the bill was approved by the President on the second of July, 1864. No. Lxxi.--The Bill to provide for the better Organization of the Quartermaster's Department. In the Senate, on the eighth of March, 1864, Mr. Wilson introduced a bill to provide for the better organization of the quartermaster's department, which was read twice and referred to the Military Committee. On the fourth of April, Mr. Wilson reported it back with amendments. The bill provided: That there should be established in the office of the Quartermaster-General, to exist during the rebellion and one year thereafter, the following divisions, each of which should be placed in the charge of a competent officer of the quartermaster's department, who should, under such rules as might be prescribed by the Quartermaster-General, with the approval of the Secretary of War, transact the business of such division,
he earliest moment compatible with the performance of other and very pressing duties, I have the honor to present the following report of the operations of the troops of the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, preceding and during the siege resulting in the capitulation of Vicksburg. The enemy, after long continued and strenuous efforts to reach the right flank of Vicksburg by forcing a passage through the upper Yazoo River, finally relinquished his design, and on the night of the fourth and fifth of April, re-embarked his troops, and before daylight was in rapid retreat. About the same time a heavy force of the enemy which had been collected at Baton Rouge, was mostly withdrawn, and transferred to. Western Louisiana, leaving but one division to occupy that place. After consultation by telegraph with Major-General Gardner, commanding Port Hudson and the Third military district, deeming the garrison at Port Hudson more than sufficient under existing circumstances, and to sa