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of your mounted men to the front, keeping an eye out for the enemy, who will probably move up the line of railroad. Keep open communication with these headquarters by couriers.

By order of T. W. Sweeny, brigadier-general, commanding:

LOUIS H. EVERTS,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Pulaski, Tenn., January 26, 1864.

COMMANDING OFFICER CO. OF 18TH MO. VOLS., This side of Reynolds Station, at Richland Creek:

The enemy has crossed the Tennessee River and taken Athens, Ala. Be on the alert, and communicate to these headquarters any important information that you may receive, and act as circumstances may direct. In case of an attack or demonstration by a superior force of the enemy fall back on this place.

By order of T. W. Sweeny, brigadier-general, commanding:

LOUIS H. EVERTS,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Pulaski, Tenn., January 26, 1864.

COMMANDING OFFICER, Nance's Mills:

It is reported that the enemy have crossed the Tennessee River in considerable force and have taken Athens. Be on the alert. Keep your mounted men well out, and in case of attack by too large a force for you to resist fall back on Lynnville or nearest station.

By order of T. W. Sweeny, brigadier-general, commanding:

JAMES DAVIDSON,

Lieutenant and Aide-de-Camp.

PULASKI, TENN., January 26, 1864.

Major-General LOGAN and

Major R. M. SAWYER,

Huntsville:

Three regiments of cavalry and one of infantry ahead battery drove my forces out of Athens and are now following when up toward Elk River. Cannot you fall n their flanks?

G. M. DODGE,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Memphis, Tenn., January 26, 1864.

Brigadier General W. SOOY SMITH, Chief of Cavalry:

GENERAL: The whole infantry force on the railroad will be in motion for Memphis to-morrow. Such points as you desire to retain for convenience of the cavalry you will control. As soon as the infantry is off you will take charge of trains on the road.

S. A. HURLBUT,

Major-General.

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