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per. Also, that you direct Brigadier-General Crook to picket General Lytle's front at Bridgeport and the river as far down as Cedar Bluffs Ford, reporting the disposition he makes to General Lytle. I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. GODDARD, Assistant Adjutant-General.

DECHERD, August 23, 1863–6 p. m. Colonel GODDARD,

Assistant Adjutant-General: The rebels made a dash into Winchester last night and captured 3 of our men. I cannot protect the Government supplies at this post with the force here, which is so small.

W. H. JOHNSON, Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Stevenson, August 23, 1863. Maj. Gen. D. S. STANLEY,

Chief of Cavalry: GENERAL: A dispatch from Captain Johnson, assistant quartermaster, at Decherd, says that rebels (probably a few guerrillas) were in Winchester yesterday and captured 3 of our men.

The general desires you to see that the cavalry battalion ordered to Cowan goes without delay. I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. GODDARD, Assistant Adjutant-General,

HEADQUARTERS CHIEF OF CAVALRY,

Stevenson, August 23, 1863. Col. C. GODDARD,

Assistant Adjutant-General : The general commanding directs me to say to you that he ordered the battalion stationed at Cowan to Winchester this morning. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. H. SINCLAIR, Assistant Adjutant-General.

LARKINSVILLE, ALA,

August 23, 1863. Maj. Gen. D. S. STANLEY,

Stevenson, Ala. : Watkins telegraphs that it is currently reported in Huntsville that Chattanooga is to be evacuated.

EDWARD M. McCOOK,

Colonel, Commanding.

BRIDGEPORT, August 23, 1863. Major SINCLAIR : I have the line of couriers completed from this place to Jasper.

D. M. RAY, Colonel Second East Tennessee Cavalry.

HDQRS. SECOND EAST TENNESSEE CAVALRY,

August 23, 1863. Major SINCLAIR,

Assistant Adjutant-General : MAJOR: There is not sufficient forage this side of Battle Creek to feed the horses belonging to my command any length of time. Would like to move somewhere in vicinity of Jasper, Tenn. I have the courier line established from Jasper to Bridgeport. I would like to move in the morning if there are no objections. I am, major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

D. M. RAY, Colonel Second East Tennessee Cavalry.

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HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, TWENTY-FIRST ARMY CORPS,

Pikeville, August 23, 1863—4 p. m. Col. R. H. G. MINTY,

Commanding Cavalry: COLONEL: I am directed by the general to inclose an extract of an order* just received from headquarters Twenty-first Army Corps. If you are unable to retrace your steps to Smith's Cross Roads without endangering your command, you had better rejoin us via Dunlap, or by the Pikeville and Chattanooga road. The latter is said to be the best and shortest road; it intersects the road from Dunlap to Pikeville about 6 miles north, or up the valley, from Dunlap. I am, colonel, very respectfully,

E. A. OTIS, Assistant Adjutant-General.

CINCINNATI, August 23, 1863. Major-General BURNSIDE,

Mount Vernon : Ferrero can move as soon as transportation is furnished. It will be supplied him in two or three days. The artillery cannot yet be removed from Covington,

JNO. G. PARKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

Lexington, Ky., August 23, 1863. Col. JOHN DE COURCY,

Comdg. Third Brigade, Second Division, Camp Nelson : COLONEL : The general commanding corps requests that you will please inform these headquarters of the whereabouts of the different regiments and of the battery of your brigade. If they are not yet

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assembled at Camp Nelson, you will please order them at once to that point to await the arrival of the general commanding division, to whom you will report for duty with your brigade. I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

SAML. WRIGHT, Assistant Adjutant-General.

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CRAB ORCHARD, Ky., August 23, 1863. Major-General PARKE :

I can move a short distance evening of Tuesday, 25th instant, with infantry and battery, but fear that want of transportation, subsistence for men, and grain for horses will prevent my moving any great distance.

JNO. F. DE COURCY,

Colonel, Commanding.

WASHINGTON, August 24, 1863. Maj. Gen. U. S. GRANT, Vicksburg :

GENERAL : Adjutant-General Thomas has telegraphed to the War Department asking that Brigadier-General Ellet's Marine Brigade be placed on shore duty, and his ram-boats be turned over to you as transports.

The Secretary of War does not approve the conversion of this marine or river brigade into a land brigade, but authorizes you to use any of General Ellet's brigade for temporary shore duty, and any of his boats for temporary transports whenever the exigencies of the service require this use.

This brigade was organized and the men enlisted especially for service as river-men, in conjunction with either the military or naval forces, as circumstances might require. They have already proved themselves valuable auxiliaries, and can probably be used to great advantage against guerrilla parties on the Mississippi and with expeditions up the Arkansas and Red Rivers.

Moreover, as the men have been enlisted for a special service, if that service were entirely changed it might be claimed that they were released from their contract.

Alternate employment on land and water, as circumstances may require, is deemed within the object of the organization. You are therefore authorized to so employ the boats and the men as you may require their services.

It is said by Adjutant-General Thomas that Admiral Porter wishes you to take charge of these boats and the brigade. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

STEVENSON, August 24, 1863–11.20. Maj. Gen. U. S. GRANT, Vicksburg: Have you not some locomotives which you can spare for use in

my department ? We are in great need of five or six immediately.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Major-General.

[First indorsement.)

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE,

Vicksburg, Miss., September 2, 1863. Respectfully referred to Major-General Hurlbut, who will please answer General Rosecrans if there are any locomotives in his command that can be spared. There are none here. By order of Major-General Grant :

JNO. A. RAWLINS, Brigadier-General and Actg. Asst. Adjt. Gen.

(Second indorsement.)

HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Memphis, Tenn., September 9, 1863. Respectfully referred to Brig. Gen. J. D. Webster, superintendent of military railroads, Department of the Tennessee. By order of Major-General Hurlbut:

HENRY BINMORE, Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Third indorsement.)

OFFICE SUPERINTENDENT OF MILITARY RAILROADS,

Memphis, September 10, 1863. Six locomotives can be spared from here, so far as present necessity is concerned or any prospective want of the service here known. to the undersigned.

J. D. WEBSTER, Brigadier-General, Superintendent.

SPECIAL 23RDERS,}

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HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE TENNESSEE,

Vicksburg, Miss., August 24, 1863.

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IX. Brig. Gen. P. J. Osterhaus, U. S. Volunteers, will report to Maj. Gen. W. T. Sherman, commanding Fifteenth Army Corps, for assignment to duty.

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By order of Maj. Gen. U. S. Grant :

JNO. A. RAWLINS, Brigadier-General and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

SHERMAN'S HEADQUARTERS,

August 24, 1863. Lieutenant-Colonel RAWLINS:

When General Steele left this command he took with him two companies of cavalry, attached to the First Division. No orders

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permitting the transfer were ever received at these headquarters, and, in absence of any official knowledge to contrary, I am obliged to report them absent without leave. If any orders detaching them were issued, will you have the goodness to forward them, that I may keep records straight. I have also to bring to your notice the fact that General Steele took with him the entire records and papers of the division, in fact the entire material of the adjutant-general's office-books, orders, desks, &c. I have to ask that you will issue an order causing them to be returned, as without them the military history of the division is lost.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. CAv. Div., 16TH ARMY CORPS,

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Memphis, Tenn., August 24, 1863. I. In order to carry out the provisions of General Orders, No. 5, from these headquarters, dated August 20, 1863, Col. J. K. Mizner will proceed with the Third Michigan Cavairy from La Grange to Corinth and assume command of the First Brigade at that point. Such portions of the First Brigade as are stationed at Glendale and Danville will remain so until further orders.

II. Such portions of the Second Brigade as are now at Germantown will proceed to La Grange, Tenn., and in the absence of Col. L. F. McCrillis the ranking officer of the brigade will assume command thereof. By order of Brig. Gen. B. H. Grierson :

S. L. WOODWARD, Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HDQRS. FIRST BRIG., SIXTH Div., 16TH ARMY CORPS,

Union City, August 24, 1863. Captain HOUGH,

Assistant Adjutant-General: I have the honor to report that on the evening of the 23d instant I received satisfactory information that upon the road leading from Hickman, Ky., to Jackson, Tenn., there was a wagon train embracing about twenty-five wagons (and 50 men) loaded with salt, whisky, and dry goods, destined for Faulkner's command. Accordingly I ordered out a force of 50 cavalry, with instructions to capture train and men, and bring into camp, as reported by telegraph. The expedition was a success, and please find an invoice hastily made of con tents of wagons,

I am informed that the road above mentioned is a regular thorough fare for smuggling. Is my act as above approved ? Respectfully submitted.

CHAS. H. FOX, Colonel 101st Regt. Illinois Vol. Infantry, Comdg. Brigade.

* Omitted.

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