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GENERAL ORDERS,

DALTON, GA.,

No. 1.

December 27, 1863.

In obedience to the orders of His Excellency the President, the undersigned has the honor to assume command of the Army of Tennessee.

J. E. JOHNSTON,

General.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY IN MISSISSIPPI, Okolona, December 27, 1863.

Brig. Gen. P. D. RODDEY,

Commanding Cavalry, Northern Alabama:

GENERAL: I will leave this place in about five days for West Tennessee, passing east of Corinth, crossing the Memphis and Charleston Railroad at Iuka or Burnsville. I would be glad to have you meet me. By being at Big Bear Creek you can communicate with me. It is an important expedition I am upon, and think it advisable for you to join me with as much of your brigade as you can and accompany me into West Tennessee. My route will be from this place to Ellistown, thence to Jacinto, thence Burnsville or Iuka.

Very respectfully,

S. D. LEE,

Major-General, Commanding Cavalry in Mississippi.

Abstract from field return of Loring's division, Maj. Gen. William W. Loring, C. S. Army, commanding, for December 27, 1863.

Present for duty.

Command. Officers. Men. Effective total

present.

Adams' brigade. 125 1,916 1,905

Buford's brigade. 195 2,109 2,065

Featherston's 146 2,020 1,994

brigade.

Total. 466 6,045 5,964

Command. Aggregate present. Aggregate present and

absent.

Adams' brigade. 2,317 4,248

Buford's brigade. 2,672 4,610

Featherston's 2,609 3,728

brigade.

Total. 7,598 12,586

DALTON, December 28, 1863.

Hon. J. A. SEDDON:

Your instructions of the 20th [18th], unsigned, received. You are right as to the difficulty of feeding this army. Another chief commissary required. Lieutenant-General Polk and Hardee think that Moore is necessary here,and that the present officer is not equal to the place. Please inform me of the extent of my command.

J. E. JOHNSTON,

General.

DALTON, December 28, 1863.

Hon. J. A. SEDDON, Secretary of War:

SIR: I had the honor to receive your letter of instruction yesterday.

Having perused it carefully more than once, I respectfully inclose