War of the Rebellion: Serial 058 Page 0171 Chapter XLIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE OHIO,

No. 21. Knoxville, Tenn., January 21, 1864.

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XVIII. Major General John G. Parke, commanding Forces in the Field, will order all corps and division commanders to select one battery for each division, to be provided with 8 good horses for each gun, caisson, forge, and battery wagon. The remainder of the artillery will be ordered to report to Brigadier-General Tillson, chief of artillery. On their arrival at Knoxville the batteries retained will cross the river with the division.

XIX. The artillery now at Knoxville and the batteries hereafter turned in by the different corps and division commanders, incompliance whit Special Orders, No. 21, paragraph XVIII, from these headquarters, will form a reserve park of artillery and under the command of Brigadier General Davis Tillson, chief of artillery.

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XXI. Brigadier General W. L. Elliott, U. S. Volunteers, is hereby, at his own request, relieved from duty in this department,and will report in person to Major General George H. Thomas, commanding Department of the Cumberland.

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By command of Major-General Forster:

HENRY CURTIS, JR.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

No. 21. Vicksburg, Miss., January 21, 1864.

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V. Property to the amount of $8,000 having been stolen from Mr. Edward Cole, bar-keeper on steamer Golden Era, and damages to the amount of $190 done that boat by destroying the railing, furniture, &c., by the Eighth Illinois Infantry Volunteers while in transit form Vicksburg to Skipwith's Landing, and an investigation fixing the responsibility of such depredation upon the persons below mentioned, a stoppage of the amount, $190, will be made on the muster and pay rolls against the parties in the following proportions, viz: One-half the amount, $95, will be charged pro rate to the members of G Company, and one-half, $95, will be charged proportionately to Privates William Hatchett, Charles W. Mosher, Ellis V. Maskell, Andrew J. Florey, Abel O'Neil, William F. Pope, of Company A, and Richard Johnston, Company C, and the money refunded to said Edward Cole and the captain of said steamer Golden Era for the damages thus sustained.

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By order of Major-General McPherson:

WM. T. CLARK,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHATTANOOGA, TENN., January 22, 1864.

(Received 11 p. m.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK, Washington, D. C.:

General Foster's last dispatch states that he thinks Longstreet had not been re-enforced from Ewell's corps. Foster is now withdrawing