under Sergeant Beck, who will deliver this. The total distance is 8 1/2 miles. The route is as follows:
I have also established a temporary courier line between Stevenson and Bridgeport, taking the men from one of the escort companies, placing one post at Widow's Creek (at the Big Spring), one near Beaver's Mill, and one at Stevenson, 15 men in all.
I am, general, yours, respectfully,
WM. J. PALMER,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Bridgeport, Ala., September 4, 1863.
Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS:
The general commanding directs that the trains of each division be place under an energetic field officer, who shall be held responsible for their order and efficiency.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.
(Copy to Major-General McCook, Major-General Crittenden, and Major-General Stanley.)