War of the Rebellion: Serial 058 Page 0226 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter XLIV.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE, Memphis, January 26, 1864. (Received 27th.)

Major-General HURLBUT,

Commanding Sixteenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: For the reasons this morning at our conversation you will please order the brigade of General Buckland, of Tuttle's division, to remain at Memphis and not to embark with the rest of the division, to remain at Memphis and not to embark with the rest of the division. Please order this brigade (Buckand's) and part of the force heretofore assigned as the garrison of the post of memphis-in all, say, 2,000 men-to make a camp back of the town, and be ready at a moment's notice to move in the direction of Hernando or Holly Springs in connection with the cavalry.

I am, with great respect,

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE, Memphis, January 26, 1864.

Captain E. K. OWEN,

U. S. Navy, Commanding Louisville:

DEAR CAPTAIN: I have this moment received a letter from Admiral Porter inclosing an order, of which the following is a copy:

CAIRO, January 24, 1864.

Lieutenant Commander E. K. OWEN,

Commanding Louisville, and Fifth Div. Mississippi Squadron:

SIR: You will without delay carry out the wishes of General Sherman in ascending the Yazoo to such point as he may direct, with every light-draught vessel you can raise.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

DAVID D. PORTER,

Rear-Admiral.

I will be down in a day or two and would like then a few light-draught boats to ascend the Yazoo as far as Tchula, Honey Island, or even Greenwood, according to the stage of water. I propose to send along a small force in transports, more as a diversion than a real movement. I will come in the Juliet, which I suppose will oppose one of the number. The boat I spoke to you in coming up will have reconnoitered in part. If you do not receive by this a copy of the admiral's order, I will on meeting you give you my original copy, which has the admiral's signature. I would like if you would be ready, as to coal, &c., by Thursday or Friday.

Yours, truly,

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE, Memphis, January 26, 1864.

Admiral D. D. PORTER,

Commanding Mississippi Squadron, Cairo:

DEAR ADMIRAL: I received last night at the hands of Captain O'Neil your letter of the 24th instant, with copies of your order to Lieutenant-Colonel Owen, of the Louisville. I wrote a note to