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Opening of Trade on the Mississippi River.

IMPORANT ORDER FROM GEN. BANKS.

HEADQUARTERS DEP'T OF THE GULF,

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 3, 1863.

General Orders No. 66.

First. The trade of the city of New Orleans with Cairo, St. Louis, and cities and towns on the Upper Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio rivers is hereby declared free from all military restrictions whatevever.

The trade of the Mississippi at intermediate points within the Department of the Gulf is held subject to such limitations as may be necessary to prevent a supply of provisions and munitions of war to the enemies of the country.

Second. The products of the country intended for the general market will be brought into military posts on the line of the Mississippi, within the Department of the Gulf, without restraint, viz.: At New Orleans, Carrollton, Donaldsonville, Baton Rouge and Port Hudson.

Third. Officers and soldiers of the army are hereby directed to transfer to Hon. B. F. Flanders, Agent of the Treasury Department of the United States, or his deputies, taking receipts therefor, all captured, abandoned or sequestrated property not required for military purposes, in accordance with General Orders, No. 88, Department of War.

Fourth. The Military Court of this Department is hereby invested with exclusive jurisdiction in all cases of extortion, excessive or unreasonable charges, or unjust treatment of officers and soldiers of the United States, by proprietors or agents of steamboats or other vessels in the navigation of the Mississippi or Gulf, and, upon conviction of any of the offenses herein described, the offender shall be liable to fine, imprisonment, or confiscation.

By command of
MAJOR GEN. BANKS.

G. N. LIEBER, A. A. G.