HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,
New Orleans, La., November 11, 1864.
Adjutant-General of the Army, Washington, D.C.
Sir—By direction of the major-general commanding, who, in consequence of wounds received on the 6th instant, is himself unable to write, I have the honor to transmit herewith inclosed receipt of the Adams Express Company for one box, marked “The Adjutant-General of the Army, Washington, D.C.,” containing twelve flags, captured by the enemy during the “Red River Campaign,” and recaptured by Lieut. I. N. Earl, Fourth Wisconsin Cavalry, commanding special scouts, near Saint Joseph, La., on the 8th ultimo.
The following is a detailed list of these flags: 1. One battle-flag, 160th New York Volunteers. 2. One battle-flag, 23rd Connecticut Volunteers. 3 and 4. Two battle-flags, 176th New York Volunteers. 5. One battle-flag, 3rd Massachusetts [Cavalry] Volunteers, General Sheridan’s command. 6 and 7. Two battle-flags, 43rd Indiana Volunteers, recently sent from the Department of Arkansas to the State of Indiana to be mustered out of service. 8, 9, and 10. Three battle-flags, regiments unknown. 11 and 12. Two cavalry guidons, regiments unknown. The Brashear City garrison flag, also captured on this occasion, has been delivered to the commanding general Department of the Gulf. I have the honor to request that the receipt of these flags may be acknowledged.
Very respectfully, sir, your obedient servant,
C. T. CHRISTENSEN,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.