are also authorized to do everything in your judgment proper to be done to increase the efficiency of transportation; and this duty is devolved upon you, not only under your general powers, but also by virtue of this special order.
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.
[NOVEMBER 19-29, 1863.-For Grant's correspondence with Dana, Gordon Granger, Hooker, Howard, Lincoln, Sherman, Thomas, Wood, and C. R. Woods, see Part II,pp.37-50.]
MOUND CITY, ILLINOIS, November 19, 1863.
Your dispatch is on the way to Eastport. Shall I send the transports to Nashville from Paducah? Your dispatch was not plain.
D. D. PORTER,
LOOKOUT VALLEY, November 19, 1863.
Brig. Gen. J. A. RAWLINS:
It is now so foggy that I could see nothing should I go over the river. I propose, therefore, to wait until it is clearer. Please so inform General Grant.
HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH AND TWELFTH CORPS, Lookout Valley, November 19, 1863.
Commanding Division, Twelfth Corps:
GENERAL: The major-general commanding desires you to send a small party, sufficient to obtain the information, and not large enough to attract enemy's attention, up the valley toward the junction of the Trenton and Whiteside's road, to move along Lookout Creek, and ascertain the points where it is fordable nearest the junction above mentioned, and also all the points this way, with the approaches. Captain Hall, aide-de-camp, who bears this, will accompany the party. Let it be off sufficient strength for an escort for him.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Major-General, Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH CORPS, November 19, 1863.
Major-General REYNOLDS, Chief of Staff:
Scouts sent to Trenton met General Ewing's division at that place. It arrived last evening. A lady left Nickajack trace this morning, and reports Stevenson's division there yesterday, leaving one brigade at that place and returning with the other tow brigades to Summertown.