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New Orleans La. Apl. 30th '68

Maj. Gen'l. O.O. Howard

I have the honor to report that I reached this city on my return from Texas this A.M. I visited Galveston, Houston, Bryan, Hempstead, Brenham, Austin, Columbus and other smaller places.

It is difficult to to reach remote stations in this state. The facilities for traveling are poor and the distances great.

As I have informed Genl. Whittlesey the Bureau has not been efficient, and is not now. Genl. Reynolds is a faithful Officer, and manifests a creditable interest in the work. But the action of the former Commander of the Military District has much obstructed the work of the Bureau. Since the publication of