Had General Polk lived, he intended to make this command well worthy any officer, and General Ruggles (General Ruggles had been under General Polk but a short time) at its head, with the increased rank of Major-General, as General Polk hoped to have it — tardy justice would have been rendered one whom he considered a deserving, gallant officer. Respectfully, your obedient servant, and East Louisiana is, I believe, regarded as one of the best organizers we have in the west. He is now without employment. I am not aware that the War Department has made any appointment of an officer to take charge of and organize the reserves of Mississippi and East Louisiana. If no appointment has been made, I desire respectfully to present the name of Brigadier-General Ruggles for that office. (Signed),L. Polk, Lieutenant-General.
W. M. Polk. New York, 288 5th Ave., March 24th, 1881.