DALTON, December 1, 1863. [Received Richmond, 2nd.]
General S. COOPER,
Adjutant and Inspector General:
I shall relinquish command to-morrow. It will not do for me to remain, and I request to be ordered to Newman or La Grange, Ga., or that vicinity. Please reply promptly.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF TENNESSEE, Dalton, December 1, 1863.
GENERAL: I inclose you two communications* regarding the movements of enemy. You will perceive from the pencil memoranda thereon of the general commanding that he deems it important you should move in the direction of Cleveland as early as possible.
I am, general, very truly and respectfully,
GEORGE WM. BRENT,
HDQRS. FIRST BRIGADE, FOURTH CAVALRY DIVISION, December 1, 1863.
Maj. E. S. BURFORD,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Cavalry Corps:
MAJOR: I sent out scouting party, who have just returned. They report the enemy, with a force of 20,000 cavalry and infantry and wagon train, passed through Cleveland yesterday, and camped in that vicinity last night. They report the enemy as moving to Benton.
I will send out a party immediately to ascertain what damage they have done to railroad.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. B. WADE,
Colonel, Commanding Brigade.
SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS,
No. 104. Dalton, Ga., December 1, 1863.
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II. In pursuance of Special Orders, No. 278, Extract XVI, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, dated Richmond, November 23, 1863, Brig. Gen. George B. Hodge, Provisional Army, C. S., is assigned to the command of the cavalry of Preston's brigade, designated as Hodge's brigade of cavalry, and composed of the Twenty-seventh Virginia Battalion Mounted Rifle, Clay's, Johnson's, and McAfee's Battalions Kentucky Mounted Rifles.