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No. 20.

New Orleans, May 3, 1862.

The President, Directors and Company of the Opelousas Railroad are authorized and required to run the cars over the road, for the purpose of bringing to the city of New Orleans provisions, marketing and supplies of food which may be offered, in order to supply the wants of the city.

No passengers other than those having the care of such supplies, as owners or keepers, are to be permitted to come into the city, and none others are to leave the city. All other supplies are prohibited transportation over the road either way, except cotton and sugar, which may be safely brought over the road, and will be purchased at the fair market value by the United States, in specie. The transmission of live stock is especially enjoined. An agent of the city Government will be allowed to pass over the road either way, stopping at all points, on the faith of a pledge of such Government agent that he transmits no intelligence and affords no aid to the Confederates.

The officer commanding the post having the terminus of such road within his pickets, will cause a thorough inspection of the cars and boats for the purpose of furthering this order, and will offer no further hindrance, so long as this order is in good faith complied with.



Assistant Adjutant General.

No. 21.

New Orleans, May 4. 1862.

The Commanding General of the Department of the Gulf has been informed that live stock, flour and provisions, purchased for subsistence of the inhabitants of the city of New Orleans, are now at the junction of the Red and Mississippi Rivers. The suffering condition of the poor of this city for want of these supplies, appeals to the humanity of those having authority on either side. For the purpose, therefore, of the safe transmission of these supplies to the city, the Commanding General orders and directs that a safe conduct be afforded to two steamers, to be laden with provisions, cattle and supplies of food, either alive or slaughtered, each day, if so many choose to come.

This safe conduct shall extend to their entire protection by the forces of the United States during their coming, reasonable delay for discharge, not exceeding six days, unless in case of accident to their machinery, and in returning to or near the junction of the Red and Mississippi Rivers.

And safe conduct is further granted to boats laden as beforesaid with provisions for New Orleans, from any point above the junction of such rivers, if at any time during which these supplies are needed the forces of the United States should be at or above said junction.

The boats will take no passengers save the owners and keepers of the freight aforesaid, and will be subject to strict inspection by the Harbor Master detailed from these Headquarters, to whom they will report their arrival.

The faith of the city is pledged for the faithful execution of the requirements of this order on the part of the agent of the city authorities, who will be allowed to pass with the boats either way, he giving no intelligence or aid to the Confederates.



Assistant Adjutant General, Chief of Staff.

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