Washington, February 9, 1863.
Major General HORATIO G. WRIGHT,
The Secretary of War directs that Brigadier-General Ellet be permitted to recruit for his ram fleet from convalescents in your department. The men so recruited by him will be discharged from their regiments.
H. W. HALLECK,
MURFREESBOROUGH, February 9, 1863.
General A. BAIRD:
The general commanding directs me to say that it is highly important to occupy Franklin with a division or a strong brigade as soon as possible, both on account of forage and to open the road. Special.
Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
CLARKSVILLE, February 9, 1863.
From cavalry reconnaissance made on south side of river yesterday, we find enemy gone to Columbia. We captured 8 with their horses, wounding 1 man severely.
S. D. BRUCE,
Colonel, Commanding Post.
NASHVILLE, February 9, 1863.
The First East Tennessee Cavalry have just returned from a hard expedition in with General Davis. Their horses are nearly all barefooted. Time should be given them here to get their horses shod, to put their regiment on an effective footing. I have consulted with General Mitchell, and he concurs in this opinion. I hope that Captain Abbott's battery, now at Clarksville, will be permitted to return here and join the rest of the Tennessee forces. I think I will come with General Mitchell. I hope a few days will be granted them, at least.
SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Murfreesborough, Tenn., February 9, 1863.
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XIX. The following orders, issued by Brigadier-General Boyle, commanding Department of Western Kentucky, are approved by the major-general commanding this department, and Chaplain Gaddis, Second Ohio Volunteers, is ordered to return to duty with his regiment.
ORDERS.] HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN KENTUCKY,
Louisville, Ky., January 19, 1863.
Chaplain W. P. Gaddis, Second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, having reported to these headquarters that he was taken prisoner on the 13th day of January on the Cumber