HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Memphis, Tennessee, December 9, 1863.
Brigadier General A. J. SMITH,
Commanding District of Columbus, Columbus, Ky.,.:
GENERAL: The general commanding corps directs me to inform you that Eastport is evacuated, the regiments there having been ordered to report to you; that he desires you to push your arrangements. to completion, and inform him fully, by a sure hand, when you are ready.
I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
T. H. HARRIS,
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF COLUMBUS,
Columbus, Ky., December 9, 1863.
Major General S. A. HURLBUT.
Comdg. Sixteenth Army Corps, Memphis, Tennessee:
GENERAL: The troops ordered from Eastport have not yet arrived, and had not passed Paducah last night.
One regiment of cavalry has been ordered here from Indianapolis and a portion of it has arrived. I send them to the front and am making preparations to leave as soon as practicable after the arrival of the troops. I will advise you at the earliest moment that we can leave Union City for Trenton.
I have telegraphed General Grant for a battery.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. J. SMITH,
HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Chattanooga, Tenn, December 10, 1863.
Major General G. H. THOMAS
Commanding Department of the Cumberland:
GENERAL: The general commanding directs that an immediate report be had from Brigadier General W. L. Elliott, as to the delay in moving with his command from Alexandria.
By order of maj. General U. S. Grant:
GEO. K. LEET,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Chattanooga, December 11, 1863.
Respectfully, referred to Brigadier General W. L. Elliott, chief of cavalry, for the report required within.
Attention invited to the inclosed dispatch.*
By command of Major-General Thomas:
WILLIAM D. WHIPPLE,