Friday, October 9, 1863

Memphis, Tennessee

I am moving three divisions of troops East along the railroad to Chattanooga to support Rosecrans, repairing the railroad as I go. The railroad is in fair condition as far as Corinth, ninety-six miles, but the road is badly stocked with locomotives and cars. Osterhaus’s division went first by rail as far as Corinth, and John E. Smith’s division has just reached Corinth. The Second Division, commanded by Brigadier-General Giles A. Smith, had to wait a week to start by rail. I have given the order to Corse to march his Fourth Division and wagon-trains to march by the common road.

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