HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Kingston, Ga., November 6, 1864
COMMANDING OFFICERS OF ALL POSTS AND STATIONS:
Beauregard, with Hood’s army, is at Florence and Tuscumbia, a country already devastated and stripped of provisions. Forrest is opposite Johnsonville, on the Tennessee River, and has done considerable damage to gun-boats and transports, but has captured no provisions, and as that is but one of three of our lines of supply the temporary interruption will not be felt. I want the preparations heretofore ordered for this army to go on with as much speed as possible, but the probabilities are that time will be allowed in our present camps for the complete payments of all our troops, the sending back of the soldiers’ money, and the Presidential election of Tuesday next. Attention also must be paid to getting the conscripts to their proper companies and have them properly armed and clothed.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Kingston, Ga., November 6, 1864.
General SLOCUM,Atlanta, Ga.:
General Ruger has the offer of a DIVISION in the Twenty-THIRD Corps. Unless you can do as well by him, direct him to come to me, and I will make the order of transfer of himself and personal staff to the Army of the Ohio.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General
Thomas Writes from NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE:
I received from General Croxton this morning at 10 o’clock dispatches to the effect that the enemy had attacked him in force, and had driven him across Shoal Creek on the afternoon of the 4th instant, compelling him to fall back to Four-Mile Creek. The following dispatch has just been received from him, which I forward for your information. I forward also the following, just received from General Schofield. I shall concentrate all of General Schofield’s troops at Pulaski, with exception of Colonel Gallup’s brigade, which, for the present, I will leave at Johnsonville. Have placed General Schofield in command of the two corps at Pulaski, believing him entitled to it by virtue of his position as a department commander, that being a higher command than an army corps. Hope I may be sustained in this decision, as in the present case, aside from the reasons on which I made the assignment, General Schofield is much the more reliable commander of the two.
General Wilson has just arrived here, and arranged with me this evening for a complete remount and thorough reorganization of the cavalry. Think we shall have no further trouble with the cavalry, excepting that attending the getting of horses sufficiently fast to the front. Have just heard from General Granger, at Decatur, who reports that a reconnaissance from his post had just returned from within eight miles of Courtland. Met 800 of the enemy’s cavalry (all Texas troops) at Fox Creek, drove them a mile beyond, but could obtain no information in addition to that heretofore reported. The outpost at Brown’s Ferry reports only a few rebel cavalry on the opposite shore, who made no attempt to cross. All of General Stanley’s troops are now at Pulaski, and in position ready for the enemy, should he attempt an advance. The cavalry is well up to the enemy’s position, and will be able to give the earliest information of his first movement northward.