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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

Corinth, Miss., October 2, 1862.

Brigadier-General STANLEY,

Commanding Division:

The general commanding directs that you prepare your command to move by 3 o'clock with three days' rations. Move by the bridge road, leaving a regiment as a guard at the bridge. Come to near General Grant's old headquarters and report for orders. The outpost at Kossuth will come in.

[H. G. KENNETT,]

Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE,

Numbers 87.

Jackson, Tenn., October 2, 1862.

I. In pursuance of orders from the Surgeon-General of the Army, Washington, D. C., Surg. Horace R. Wirtz, U. S. Army, is hereby assigned to duty as chief medical director of the District of West Tennessee.

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By order of Major General U. S. Grant:

JNO. A. RAWLINS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

BOLIVAR, TENN., October 3, 1862.

Major General U. S. GRANT, Jackson, Tenn.:

I have sent a heavy cavalry reconnaissance toward Pocahontas. My own division has only two brigades, each of five regiments. Ross has four brigades. I will hold eight regiments ready to march as soon as I hear from thee roads south and west. No further news from Pocahontas. It is reported that the exchanged prisoners from Vicksburg are arriving at Davis' Mill.

[S. A. HURLBUT,]

Major-General.

BOLIVAR, [October] 3, 1862.

General GRANT:

I understand it to be my duty to relieve Rosecrans at all hazards if he is still at Corinth. I can't return before Sunday p. m., the distance being 46 miles. On reaching Davis' Bridge I shall of course know whether the enemy are repulsed or not; if not repulsed, I propose to cut through; if repulsed, to destroy their line of retreat in this direction.

S. A. HURLBUT,

Major-General.

BOLIVAR, TENN., [October] 3, 1862.

General GRANT:

By column will move at 3 o'clock a. m. in marching order with three days' provisions. I have ordered General Ross to select two regiments