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No. 31.

New Orleans, May 22, 1862.

I. Col. J. W. Shaffer, Quartermaster and Aide-de-Camp, having reported for duty at these Headquarters, in accordance with Special Orders No. 97, C. S., from the Headquarters, War Department, is assigned to duty as Chief Quartermaster of this Department.

II. Col. John W. Turner, Aide-de-Camp and Commissary of Subsistence, having reported for duty at these Headquarters, in accordance with Special Orders No. 99, C. S., from the Headquarters, War Department, is assigned to duty as Chief Commissary of this Department.



Assistant Adjutant General.

No. 32.

New Orleans, May 27, 1862.

No officer or soldier is permitted to take the property of any citizen, to shut up any house or place of business, without a special order from the Provost Judge, Provost Marshal, Quartermaster, Military Commandant, or from these Headquarters.

Any citizen whose property is taken, or annoyed in his property, or arrested by any officer or soldier, in contravention to this order, will at once report to these Headquarters, where he will have redress.

All taking of property by officers or soldiers for their private use is plunder, and will be punished as such.



Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant Generai.

No. 33.

New Orleans, May 26, 1862.

The following directions, relating to subsistence duty, extracted from the Army Regulations, and from late General Orders of the War Department, will be strictly observed within this Department :


1. Returns for issues to companies will, when practicable, be consolidated for the post or regiment, and signed by the post or regimental commanders. Such returns--ordinarily for a period of from five to ten days-must embrace only the actual strength present, not the sick in hospital hospital attendants, nor those prorisioned elsewhere.

2. When a regiment or detachment is too distant from its Brigade Commissary to draw supplies from him, then the acting Commissary of Subsistence of such regiment or detachment will draw supplies from the principal depot at New Orleans, or from such other depot or Brigade Commissary as the Chief Commissary may direct.

3. Brigade Commissaries, Acting Commissaries of detachments and posts, will make timely requisitions upon the Chief Commissary of the Depot, for subsistence stores for their commands. The requisitions will state the number of troops, and the period for which provisions are required, and will be approved by the officer in command of the troops.


Subsistence stores must not be issued on verbal orders. Returns for them must be complete in every respect according to the forms prescribed in the Army Regulations, and the printed blank forms furnished for use by the Subsistence Department.

5. When Commissaries' stores are transferred from one officer to another, duplicate invoices must always be given by the officer transferring, and corresponding receipts returned by the officer receiving. All commissary stores now in the custody of any officer and not accounted for, will be taken up on the "Return of Provisions" for this month and accounted for, as required by Army Regulations. Every Commissary will render his accounts promptly to the Commissary General, sending them first for examination to the Chief Commissary, who will transmit them to Washington,

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