War of the Rebellion: Serial 057 Page 0187 Chapter XLIV. THE MERIDIAN EXPEDITION.

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[Inclosure Numbers 10.]

SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE TENNESSEE,

Numbers 18.

Meridian, Miss., February 15, 1864.

The general commanding conveyed his congratulations and thanks to the officers and men composing this command for their most successful accomplishment of one of the great problems of the war. Meridian, the great railway center of the Southwest, is now in our possession, and by industry and hard work can be rendered useless to the enemy and deprive him of the chief source of supply to his armies. Secrecy in plan and rapidity of execution accomplish the best results in war, and the general commanding assures all, by following their leaders fearlessly and with confidence, they will in time rear the reward so dear to us all - a peace that will never again be disturbed in our country by a discontented minority.

By order of Major General W. T. Sherman:

L. M. DAYTON,

Aide-de-Camp.

[Inclosure Numbers 11.]

SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE TENNESSEE,

Numbers 19.

Meridian, Miss., February 15, 1864.

I. General McPherson will move one division of his command early to-morrow morning southward, on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, with instructions to do as much damage to bridges, culverts, and track of the road and any property of the enemy as possible, including private saw-mills, as far as and including the bridges over Oktibbeha and Chickasawha Creeks, in the neighborhood of Quitman.

II. The officer in command will report back to General McPherson or the general commanding promptly all information gathered respecting the movements of the enemy.

III. Colonel Winslow, commanding cavalry, will send one regiment of his command to accompany this expedition, the senior officer reporting for instructions to the officer in command of the division designated by General McPherson in compliance with this order.

By order of Major General W. T. Sherman:

L. M. DAYTON,

Aide-de-Camp.

[Inclosure Numbers 12.]

SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE TENNESSEE,

Numbers 20.

Meridian, Miss., February 18, 1864.

I. Having fulfilled completely and well all the objects of the expedition, the troops will return to the Mississippi River to embark in another equally important movement.

II. The Sixteenth Army Corps, Major-General Hurlbut's command, and the cavalry commanded by Colonel Winslow, will march from Marion by way of Union and Hillsborough, and the Seventeenth Corps, Major-General McPherson, and the general train from Meridian by Decatur and Hillsborough, each taking four days in reaching Hillsborough. At that point each corps will resume charge of its own train and march by routes to be indicated by the general-in-chief.