War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0067 Chapter XLII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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promise me most solemnly to apprehend these guerrillas when practicable, and deliver them to met at this post, or kill, destroy, or drive them from their country. I have granted them (the petitioners) permission, you perceive, to continue their organization, and now ask your approval,with authority to issue them some arms with which to protect themselves.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. J. SMITH,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

NASHVILLE, August 18, 1863-3.30 p.m.

Major-General ROSECRANS:

This is a favorable time to commence work on the Northwestern Railroad. The Government, no doubt, will replace the iron belonging to the road which it has used. The force necessary is a guard. Its construction need not be large. The labor and money necessary can be readily obtained. Your authority for its construction, whatever agent you may select, is all that is necessary.

ANDREW JOHNSON,

Military Governor.

NASHVILLE, August 18, 1863-4 p.m.

Major-General ROSECRANS:

I received telegram from the President last night that the appointment of Colonel Gillem as brigadier-general had been ordered. Please notify me when you move forward; I will go with you. Would it not be well for the East Tennessee forces to be put in shape to enter that country when there is an opportunity to do so?

ANDREW JOHNSON,

Military Govenor.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Stevenson, August 18, 1863.

Governor ANDREW JOHNSON,

Nashville:

You had better come down Thursday. Shall I expect you?

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Major-General.

STEVENSON, August 18, 1863.

Brigadier General L. THOMAS,

Adjutant-General, Washington:

My headquarters moved to-day to Stevenson, Ala. The commands all moving well; better to-day than yesterday.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Major-General.