War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0884 KY.,SW.VA.,TENN.,MISS.,N.ALA., AND N.GA. Chapter XLII.

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SHERMAN'S HEADQUARTERS, September 27, 1863.

General RAWLINS,

Asst. Adjt. General, Dept.of the Tennessee, Vicksburg:

My Second Division is now marching in and the last regiment of it can embark by 9 a.m. to-morrow. I will go to Memphis with this division and be in town during the night. The Fourth Division can start at a moment's notice; one brigade of it will march out to Brownsville to cover the cavalry movement, which will strike Vernon to-morrow morning. I will also send up two regiments of infantry from Oak Ridge to Mechanicsville to receive the cavalry on its way in. I will move my headquarters in to-night and go at once on board.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

SHERMAN'S HEADQUARTERS, September 27, 1863.

General RAWLINS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Everything is now done which should be done here. The expedition for Brownsville, Vernon, Benton, and Yazoo City has gone out; the brigade of infantry at noon, and cavalry [1,000 men] at 3 p.m. The flag of truce is not back. General Tuttle has moved to my headquarters. The Second Division is all gone and the Fourth is ready to start at a moment's notice. I shall now start for Vicksburg and report in person early in the morning, prepared to go to Memphis.

All is well out here.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

SHERMAN'S HEADQUARTERS, September 27, 1863.

Brigadier General R. P. BUCKLAND,

Fourth Division, Oak Ridge, Miss.:

The cavalry and infantry for this part will move east to Brownsville to-night, and swing round by Yazoo City to-morrow and next day. Move your force up to Mechanicsville to-morrow, taking a section of artillery; next day 6 or 7 miles toward Vernon and await return of cavalry, when resume your post at Oak Ridge.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

SHERMAN'S HEADQUARTERS, September 27, 1863.

Lieutenant CHAFFEE,

Chief Ord. Officer, Dept.of the Tennessee, Vicksburg:

Thank you for the message. We have waited two months to paint up and put our batteries in order, and now that we are marching for immediate and distant service, the department is ready to issue. I