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The Daily Dispatch: December 25, 1863., [Electronic resource], The capture of New Orleans — McClellan's Orders to Gen. Butler. (search)
om your staff officers, with the exception of your Chief of Staff, and Lieut. Wetzel, of the engineers. The force at your disposal will consist of the first thirteen regiments named in your memorandum handed to me in person. The 21st Indiana, 4th Wisconsin, and 6th Michigan (old and good regiments from Baltimore)--these three regiments will await your orders at Fort Monroe. Two companies of the 21st Indiana are well drilled at heavy artillery. The cavalry force already on route for Ship Island will be sufficient for your purposes.--After full consultation with officers well acquainted with the country in which it is proposed to operate. I have arrived at the conclusion that three light batteries fully equipped, and one without horses, will be all that will be necessary. This will make your force about 14,000 infantry, 275 cavalry, and 580 artillery: total, 15,255 men. The commanding General of the Department of Key West is authorized to loan you, temporarily, two reg