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First Division you turned his flank and drove him at the point of
the bayonet from the hills he occupied. At Alexandria you con-
tributed your labor by day and night for seventeen days, under the
engineering skill of Lieutenant-Colonel Bailey, to the great work
which relieved the fleet from its perilous situation above the falls, and
restored it to the country. At Mansura, on the 16th of May, you met
the enemy on an open plain, and, supported on your right by the
Sixteenth Army Corps and Colonel Lucas' cavalry, drove him from
This, in brief, is a summary of your services for the last two
months, and I know, when it becomes known to the country, the
judgment will be that you, at least, have done your duty faithfully.
W. H. EMORY,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,
May 20, 1864.
Brigadier-Geneial EMORY :
GENERAL : The major-general commanding directs me to say to
you that his attention has been called to General Orders, No. 48, from
your headquarters. Had his attention been called to it previous to
its publication he would have required some alterations. As it is, he
directs me to say to you that it does not meet with his entire approval.
He deems it unnecessary and unwise, in giving deserved credit to the
conduct of the First Division, Nineteenth Army Corps, at the battle
of Sabine Cross-Roads, to call attention in so marked a manner to the
disorder and confusion among other troops of this command, and he
thinks that the implication in the last paragraph that certain troops
of this command did not do their duty had better have been omitted.
He further directs me to say to you that in your reference to the
battle at Cane River it appears to him that the credit is not given to
that portion of the Second Division, Nineteenth Army Corps, which
fought at that place and contributed largely to the victory.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
GEO. B. DRAKE,
HEADQUARTERS NINETEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Near Simsport, La., May 20, 1864.
Maj. GEORGE B. DRAKE,
SIR : I have the honor to have received this moment the dispatch
from headquarters Department of the Gulf, of this date, finding fault
with my General Orders, No. 48. I have myself been too much the
victim of injustice and misrepresentation to be capable, knowingly,
of inflicting upon others any injury; and if the order that I have issued
is capable of misconstruction, I will take the greatest pleasure in
changing it. I spoke in person to the general commanding of my
intention to issue an order meeting the falsehoods that had been put
forth and published in the Northern papers, and I admit that I would
have been more prudent to have submitted it to him before I had