HEADQUARTERS LORING'S DIVISION, Meridian, September 30, 1863.
Colonel B. S. EWELL,
COLONEL: If cars were here for the morning of Adams' brigade it could move at once. It will be held in readiness to do so at any hour that may be designated. Please inform me at what hour in the morning the first train will start.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. W. LORING,
Abstract from field return of Loring's division, Army of Mississippi, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, Major General W. W. Loring, C. S. Army, commanding, September 30, 1863; headquarters Meridian, Miss.
Present for duty.
Command. Officers. Men. Officers. Men.
Adams' brigade. 105 1,544 4 108
Buford's brigade. 169 1,767 2 87
Featherston's brigade. 103 1,305 11 228
Total. 377 4,616 17 423
Effective Aggregate Aggregate Aggregate
Command. total. present. present and last
Adams' brigade. 1,635 2,009 4,395 4,358
Buford's 1,819 2,472 4,748 4,790
Featherston's 1,510 2,001 3,618 3,590
Total. 4,964 6,482 12,761 12,738
ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Richmond, Va., September 30, 1863.
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XXI. The Fifty-seventh Georgia Regiment, Stevenson's division, will repair to Savannah, Ga., and report for duty to Brigadier-General Mercer.
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By command of the Secretary of War:
OXFORD, September 30, 1863.
General S. COOPER:
I have ordered Major-General Lee to take 2,000 cavalry and strike the railroad in rear of Chattanooga. If this should be disapproved I will stop the movement. There will be plenty of time.
J. E. JOHNSTON.
OCTOBER 1, 1863.
Your dispatch of yesterday's date received. Your discretion fully relied on, and your movement approved.