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HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF MEMPHIS,

Memphis, October 10, 1863.

Lieutenant-Colonel HEPBURN,

Commanding Second Iowa Cavalry Volunteers:

COLONEL: By direction of Major-General Hurlbut, you will send four companies of your command, in charge of a competent officer, to Hernando, starting at dark this evening. The movement will be made with the utmost dispatch and secrecy. Arriving at Hernando the town will be surrounded and every man in it arrested,and certain persons will be brought in as prisoners, who will be pointed out by the guide who will be sent to you. Any other upon whom any suspicion may rest of being connected with the guilty parties will also be arrested. The officer will return with his command with all convenient speed. He will be careful that he suffers no damage to be done to the persons or property of peaceable citizens. He will carefully note all movements of the enemy if any be discovered, and will guard well against contact with any superior force. There is no objection to your commanding the expedition in person if you think proper.

By order of Brigadier-General Veatch:

JAMES O. PIERCE,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Memphis, Tenn., October 10, 1863.

Brigadier-General SWEENY,

La Grange, Tenn.:

GENERAL: As Colonel Hatch commands the cavalry and is now at La Grange, you will issue your orders for cavalry through him. You will take general command of the movement on Salem.

S. A. HURLBUT,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Memphis, Tenn., October 10, 1863.

Brig. General T. W. SWEENY,

La Grange, Tenn.:

General Hurlbut directs that you move out promptly at daylight Sunday, October 11, and drive the enemy.

HENRY BINMORE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

LA GRANGE, October 10, 1863.

Major-General HURLBUT:

Colonel Hatch is reorganizing the cavalry division, and I am only waiting for his arrangements to be completed to move. I expect to leave early in the morning. The enemy were re-enforced last night by two brigades, including artillery and infantry,and are commanded by either Lee or Ruggles. If a brigade of infantry and a battery

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