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is reported to have joined the others at Grenada. Ferguson was moving toward the former; Whitfield followed the latter, bet has fallen back to Greensborough. Major-General Lee, with 1,300, moves from Canton too-morrow to unite the detachments.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

ADJUTANT AND INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Richmond, Va., August 20, 1863.

General J. E. JOHNSTON,

Morton, Miss.:

The limits of your department were fully defined in my letter of August 12, which you have doubtless now received.

S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General.

[Inclosure Numbers 1.]

SPECIAL ORDERS, ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Numbers 275. Richmond, November 24, 1862.

III. General J. E. Johnston, C. s. Army, is hereby assigned to the following geographical command, to wit: Commencing with the Blue Ridge range of mountains, running through the western part of North Carolina and following the line of said mountains through the northern part of Georgia to the railroad south of Chattanooga; thence by that road to West Point, and down the west or right bank of the Chattahoochee River to the boundary of Alabama and Florida, following that boundary west to the Choctawhatchee River, and down that river to Choctawhatchee Bay (including the waters of that bay), to the Gulf of Mexico. All that portion of country west of said line to the Mississippi River is included in the above command.

General Johnston will, for the purpose of correspondence and reports, establish his headquarters at Chattanooga, or such other place as in his judgment will best secure facilities for ready communication with the troops within the limits of his command, and will repair in person to any part of said command whenever his presence for the time be necessary or desirable.

By command of Secretary of War:

JOHN WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Inclosure Numbers 2.]

SPECIAL ORDERS, ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Numbers 280. Richmond, November 29, 1862.

XXXIX. The city of Atlanta, Ga., will be included within the department under the command of General Joseph E. Johnston.

By command of Secretary of War:

JOHN WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.