HDQRS. ETH DIV., 15TH ARMY CORPS,
Camp Sherman, Miss., September 1, 1863.
I. In compliance with General Orders, Numbers 69, from headquarters Fifteenth Army Corps, the undersigned assumes command of the Fourth Division.
II. The organization known ass the Fourth Brigade of this division having been dissolved, in accordance with the same order, the Sixth Iowa Infantry and Forty-eighth Illinois Infantry Regiments will report, respectively, to the commanders of the Second and Third Brigade, on being relieved at Oak Ridge by Brigadier-General Buckland.
By order of Brigadier General J. M. Corse:
J. D. McFARLAND,
HDQRS. SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Memphis, Tenn., September 1, 1863.
Brigadier General J. D. Webster, U. S. Volunteers, is hereby assigned to the command of the Left Wing, Sixteenth Army Corps, headquarters at Corinth, Miss.
By order of Major General S. A. Hurlbut:
CAIRO, ILL., September, 1, 1863.
Headquartered, Memphis, Tenn.:
SIR: Herewith inclosed I have the honor to transmit, for the information of the major-general commanding department, a copy of extract of Special Orders, Numbers 99, War Department, Adjutant-General's Office, Washington, March 2, 1863.
In consequence of the letter and spirit of said orders, I have not reported to other authority than the War Department. I am still here, however, waiting further orders, and would be most happy to be placed on duty in accordance with my rank.
When Adjt. General L. Thomas was recently here he thought it probable Major-General Hurlbut might assign me to the command of this post, its present commandant being transferred elsewhere. Should be gratified to have the command if allowed to report directly to the major-general commanding the department. Would respectfully inquire if there was any such intentions; and, if so, is it still entertained or abandoned; and, if the latter, cannot it be put into execution elsewhere? I am anxious to do duty.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. R. MONTGOMERY,
Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSE,
Vicksburg,, Miss., September 21, 1863.
Respectfully referred to Major General S. A. Hurlbut, who will if the deems it best, assign General Montgomery to the command of the