HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Memphis, Tenn., September 15, 1863.
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
General-in-Chief, Washington, D. C.:
From a contraband refugee woman who left Tuscumbia Sunday I learn that there were several thousand of Johnston's infantry there, marching to Decatur. Roddey has left for Decatur, leaving 500 men, under Major Moreland, to guard the Tennessee Valley.
S. A. HURLBUT,
(Copy to General Rosecrans.)
MEMPHIS, TENN., September 15, 1863.
Chief of Ordnance:
I require six mountain howitzers, complete, to fill up the armament of my cavalry for the fall campaign, and 2,000 horse equipments, complete, for mounted infantry.
S. A. HURLBUT,
SAINT LOUIS, September 15, 1863. (Received Memphis, 18th.)
There is evidently a band of incendiaries organized for the destruction of our own transports. Four first-class boats have been burned here within the last forty-eight hours; two have been destroyed on the way to Memphis; attempts to fire others have been made. Vigilant guards are recommended everywhere, and additional watchmen on board of boats.
LA GRANGE, September 15, 1863.
Commanding Cavalry Division:
I have ordered the Sixth Tennessee Cavalry to Grand Junction to relieve the Eleventh Illinois Cavalry. They will move as soon as the scout returns. Both regiments are on scout.
L. F. McGRILLIS,
Colonel, Commanding Second Brigade.
MEMPHIS, TENN., September 15, 1863-8 a. m.
COMMANDING OFFICER, First Cavalry Brigade, Corinth:
Was the dispatch countermanding the movement of Third Michigan Cavalry received before they started? When will the Tenth Missouri move?
B. H. GRIERSON,
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