War of the Rebellion: Serial 056 Page 0730 KY.,SW.VA.,Tennessee,MISS.,N.ALA.,AND N.GA. Chapter XLIII.

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in crossing the road with his wagons and artillery. He will not be able to reach this point before the middle of next week under the most favorable circumstances. I request that 40 horses be furnished General Forrest if they can be supplied, as his artillery horses are much jaded. I start for Grenada to-day, and hope to be off by the last of next week.

I am, colonel, yours, respectfully,

S. D. LEE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FORREST'S CAVALRY, Okolona, Miss., November 21, 1863.

Colonel B. S. EWELL,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I have the honor respectfully to forward herewith reports and communications from Colonel R. V. Richardson. I have been unable to ascertain or get a report from him of his force in camps. He states that he has about 300 men, but from other sourcess I think 250 men will be about the number. Colonel Richardson, from his communication, expects to remain in command or desires the command of a brigade, but as I shall only have about 1,000 men with which to cross the line of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad, shall take direct and immediate command myself.

I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

N. B. FORREST,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

[Inclosure No. 1.]

Amount of ordnance stores in wagons, November 19, 1863.

Cartridge-boxes ................................... 139

Cap-boxes.......................................... 80

Snap-links......................................... 67

Cross-belts........................................ 100

Gun-slings......................................... 27

Gun-boots.......................................... 50

Cruppers........................................... 2

Guns............................................... 14

Bayonets........................................... 80

W. G. KIRKLAND,

Ordnance-Sergeant.

[Inclosure No. 2.]

Quartermaster's report of transportation of the West Tennessee Brigade, November 19, 1863.

Articles Number Service- Unserviceab Total

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Ambulance 1 Good - 1

Wagons 9 6 3 9

Mules 42 22 20 42

Harness......sets.. 42 12 30 42

Stretchers 11 11 - 11

Fifth chains 3 3 - 3

S. T. COCKE,

Acting Quartermaster, West Tennessee Brigade.

Approved:

R. V. RICHARDSON,

Colonel, Commanding Northeast Mississippi.