XLVI.) THE RED RIVER CAMPAIGN. 319
HDQRS. DIVISION, SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
On Steamer Hastings, Grand Ecore, La., April 16, 1864.
CAPTAIN : I respectfully submit the following report, in accord-
ance with orders from General A. J. Smith, commanding Red River
expedition : On the 7th instant I received the following order and
letter of instructions from General A. J. Smith :
HEADQUARTERS RED RIVER EXPEDITION,
On Steamer Clara Bell, April 7, 1864.
Brig. Gen. T. K. SMITH,
Comdg. Division, Seventeenth Army Corps :
GENERAL : You will take charge of the river transportation belonging to the Six-
teenth and Seventeenth Army Corps, and will conduct it to the mouth of Loggy
Bayou, opposite Springfield, at the foot of Lake Cannisnia, and will then, after
a careful reconnaissance toward Springfield, disembark one regiment and push
it forward to Bayou Pierre, and hold the bridge at that point. On arriving at Mans-
field I will endeavor to communicate with you at Springfield, and it may be send
for supplies. From Mansfield you will receive further orders in regard to your
movement toward Shreveport.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. 3. SMITH,
With the letter of instructions I received a verbal order from Gen-
eral Smith to communicate with Rear-Admiral Porter previous to
starting, and intimation to consult with him during the progress of
the fleet. In obedience to orders, on the 7th of April, I embarked
my command on the following steam-boats : Hastings, Emerald, W.
L. Ewing, Thomas E. Tutt, and the Sioux City, and the following
boats reported to me for orders : Clara Bell, Liberty, Hamilton,
J. H. Lacy, Mars, Des Moines, Adriatic, Southwester, and Diadem,
and issued the following order :
SPECIAL ORDERS, t HEADQUARTERS DIVISION, SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
No. 21. Steamer Hastings, Grand Ecore, La., April 7, 1864.
I. The fleet will be prepared to sail at 11 a. m. in the following order : 1, Hast-
ings ; 2, Clara Bell ; 3, Emerald ; 4, W. L. Ewing ; 5, Liberty ; 6, Hamilton ; 7, J. H.
Lacy ; 8, Thomas E. Tuft ; 9, Sioux City ; 10, Mars ; 11, Des Moines ; 12, Adriatic ;
13, Southwester ; 14, Diadem.
The same orders and signals as heretofore will be enforced and strictly, followed.
Col. J. B. Moore, commanding First Brigade, will furnish a company, properly
officered, to each of the following boats as a guard : Clara Bell, Liberty, Hamilton,
and J. H. Lacy. Col. L. M. Ward, commanding Second Brigade, will furnish a
like guard to the steamers Mars, Des Moines, Adriatic, Southwester, and Diadem.
The officers in command of the guard will be held strictly accountable for the
conduct of their men. The guard to be divided into proper reliefs, and must not
take off their accouterments while on guard. None of the transports will land or
troops debark, except by order of the commanding general or brigade commanders.
At 1 p. m.'the fleet sailed and arrived at Campti at 5 p. m., when
the following order was issued :
SPECIAL ORDERS, } HEADQUARTERS DIVISION, SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
No. 22. Campti, La., April 7, 1864.
I. Whenever the fleet lands for the night, Col. J. B. Moore, commanding First
Brigade, will throw out a strong picket on the bank, covering the fleet from the
steamer Hastings to the steamer Thomas E. Tutt. Col. L. M. Ward; commanding
Second Brigade, will establish a like picket, covering all the fleet in rear of the
steamer Thomas E. Tutt, his line joining that of Colonel Moore. The pickets will
be posted under the direction of the brigade officer of the day. The pickets will be
instructed to come in at the signal for starting—one long whistle.
II. The order of march is modified as follows : Clara Bell will move in the ex-
treme rear of the fleet, under convoy of the gun-boat Chillicothe, and will report to
the commanding officer of the same for orders.