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A ship without Marines is like a garment without buttons.-- Admiral David D. Porter
Head Quarters 7h. M. District
Lines below New Orleans
8h Jany 1815. 3 Oclock
I have recd. your dispatch of this date. The Army which I have the honor to command have used every exertion to afford relief to the wounded of your Army, even at the constant risque of their lives, your men, never intermitting their fire during such exertions.
The wounded now on the field beyond my lines, if you think proper may be taken beyond a line to be designated by my Adjt. General, and be paroled; Otherwise they may be taken to my hospital and treated with every care and attention. The flag sent by Commodore Patterson at my request, has been detained by the Admiral; leaveing him uninformed of the fate of his comand that was taken in the gunboats - The dead on the field beyond the line, above alluded to, you can inter, Those within that line shall be interred by my troops.
Note: by Andrew Jackson, Major General, Commander Seventh Military District
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