War of the Rebellion: Serial 058 Page 0379 Chapter XLIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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[Inclosure No. 3.]

HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, ELEVENTH ARMY CORPS,

Nashville, Tenn., February 4, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel T. A. MEYSENBURG,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Eleventh Army Corps:

Expecting to have started to-day, I did not write you as fully as I might have done . The generals here are anxious for me not to leave, and, as I understand, are informing headquarters that they have not troops enough here without one of my brigades. Let me state to you the true condition of things here as I understand them. They have in the employment of the quartermaster's department some 4,200 armed men, as Captain Cox informs me. They have some 3,000 or 3,500 convalescents. Besides, they have five regiments, numbering nearly 3,000 men. In addition to this they have at least twenty-five batteries, numbering about 150 men each; making an aggregate total of nearly 14,000 men. There are also a large number of dismounted cavalrymen and the Third Kentucky Cavalry, 700 strong. With this force I learn that they have obtained the privilege of moving my other brigade here to support them. I sincerely hope my other brigade may be sent with me to the front. It may be needed there; is not and cannot be needed here.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. T. WARD,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

[First indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH CORPS,

February 6, 1864.

Respectfully forwarded.

As the First Brigade, First Division, is detained at Nashville, cannot the Second Brigade march with the First when relieved by other troops?

C. SCHURZ,

Major-General, Commanding.

[Second indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH AND TWELFTH CORPS,

February 6, 1864.

Respectfully forwarded, with the request that the commanding general will give the request such action as in his judgment he may think proper.

JOSEPH HOOKER,

Major-General, Commanding.

[Inclosure No. 4.]

HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, ELEVENTH ARMY CORPS,

Nashville, Tenn., February 5, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel T. A. MEYSENBURG,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Eleventh Army Corps:

COLONEL: An order was issued from district headquarters to withdraw the Twenty-third Missouri from McMinnville to Christiana, leaving Nineteenth Michigan Volunteer Infantry at former post,