War of the Rebellion: Serial 025 Page 0310 WEST TENN. AND NORTHERN MISS. Chapter XXIX.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE,

Jackson, Tenn., October 30, 1862.

General DAVIES, Columbus, Ky.:

I doubt much finding Morgan at Hopkinsville, or any other force in or near the number represented. Your forces should move cautiously, however, as if the whole number represented were there, and ascertain from the people as much as they can of the enemy. If Morgan is there he will likely run; it is not his policy to fight, but to plunder and interrupt our lines of communication as much as possible.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

CORINTH, October 30, 1862.

Major-General GRANT:

Enemy had strong cavalry pickets yesterday 5 miles east of Ripley, on the Rienzi road; too strong to be driven in by our scouts. Thirty-eighth Alabama Regiment was sent to Mobile by Pemberton on the 21st. Another train has been put on the road between Mobile and Tupelo; it looks as though the force at Ripley was covering a movement over to the Mobile and Ohio road.

C. S. HAMILTON,

Brigadier-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF CORINTH,

THIRD DIV., DEPT. OF THE TENN.,

Numbers 5. Corinth, October 30, 1862.

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II. Brigadier General G. M. Dodge, having reported for duty, is assigned to the command of the division lately commanded by Brigadier-General Davies.

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By command of Brigadier-General Hamilton:

[R. M. SAWYER,]

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPRINGFIELD, ILL., October 30, 1862 - 7 p. m.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

Governor Morton's private secretary inquires when and where to send troops. Governor Morton is on his way to Washington.

JOHN A. MCCLERNAND,

Major-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

October 31, 1862.

Major-General MCCLERNAND, Springfield, Ill.:

Orders have been sent Governor Morton to forward his regiments to Columbus, on the Mississippi, as fast as possible.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.