War of the Rebellion: Serial 035 Page 0722 KY., MID. AND E. TENN., N. ALA., AND SW. VA. Chapter XXXV.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS,

Numbers 46.

Tullahoma, Tenn., March 22, 1863.

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II. A general court-martial is hereby appointed to meet at Shelbyville, Tenn., on the 26th day of March, 1863, or as soon thereafter as practicable, for the trial of Major General John P. McCown, of the Provisional Army of the Confederate States.

Detail for the court: Major General J. M. Withers, Major General P. R. Cleburne, Brigadier General P. Anderson, Brigadier General P. Smith, Brigadier General M. J. Wright, Brigadier General Z. C. Deas, Brigadier General E. C. Walthall, and Captain J. B. Sale, Twenty-seventh Mississippi Regiment, judge-advocate.

No other officers than those named can be assembled without manifest injury to the service.

Should the whole detail not be present, the court will nevertheless proceed to business, provided the number present be not less than the minimum required by the Articles of War.

By command of General Johnston:

BENJ. S. EWELL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A., Richmond, Va., March 23, 1863.

General JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON,

Commanding, Tullahoma, Tenn.:

GENERAL: Your telegram of the 21st instant was referred to the Commissary-General, who returned it, with the inclosed report, which will inform you of the orders given to Major Cummings. He has been instructed to conform his action to your wishes.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.

MARCH 23, 1863-7.30 p. m.

General POLK,

Shelbyville, Tenn.:

GENERAL: I report everything in our front. Our demonstration in front of the enemy on Harpeth was not productive of any results.

Very respectfully,

P. D. RODDEY,

Colonel.

HEADQUARTERS WHARTON'S CAVALRY, Unionville, March 23, 1863-3.30 p. m.

Lieutenant General LEONIDAS POLK,

Commanding at Shelbyville:

GENERAL: Captain [M. L.] Gordon, of my scout, with 15 men from his company and 6 men from Company B, Texas Rangers (my escort), passed to the rear of the enemy last night.

He visited the houses of George Smith, 4 miles from Murfreesborough, Wilkinson pike, and Mr. Hardin, 1 1/2 miles of Triune, on the same pike.