War of the Rebellion: Serial 053 Page 0054 KY.,SW.VA.,TENN.,MISS.,N.ALA., AND N.GA. Chapter XLII.

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HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Memphis, Tenn., October 3, 1863.

Brig. General T. W. SWEENEY,

La Grange, Tenn.:

Push the cavalry from La Grange and Grand Junction well out to the south and east, to gather information. One brigade of John E. Smith's division is ordered to you, and should be there by night-fall.

S. A. HURLBUT,

Major-General.

LA GRANGE, October 3, 1863.

Commanding Officers between La Grange and Corinth:

Furnish sufficient escort for the protection of corps repairing telegraph lines, and keep out your cavalry and scouts in every direction. Send all important information to these headquarters; if no other way, by couriers.

T. W. SWEENY,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Memphis, Tenn., October 3, 1863.

Brig. General T. W. SWEENY,

La Grange, Tenn.:

I send you out by the train a brigade of infantry, commanded by General Matthies. Do not stop them at La Grange unless it is absolutely necessary, as they go forward to Glendale. Judge of the necessity from your best lights, and let me know your action.

S. A. HURLBUT,

Major-General.

POCAHONTAS, October 3, 1863.

Colonel MERSY:

SIR: The rebels burned a bridge and tore the telegraph line down last night between here and Corinth. We have had no connection either way this morning until just now. The line is all right to Corinth now, but is still down west of here. I sent repairer west early this morning, but fear he has been picked up by rebels, as he went alone and on foot. Would it not be advisable to send a detail after him?

Yours, respectfully,

JAMES PITTON,

Operator.

P. S.-If a hand-car is to be had, better take it.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Memphis, Tenn., October 3, 1863.

Brigadier-General OSTERHAUS,

Through General Carr's Headquarters, Corinth, Miss.:

GENERAL: Sherman has come up. One division will be here to-day or to-morrow. The other division early next week. As we