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HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

On the Road, February 13, 1864.

Brigadier General A. J. SMITH, Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: You will move forward to-morrow morning as soon as light, in readiness for action, keeping a strong pioneer force at work clearing the road of obstacles, and pushing rapidly and steadily on.

By order of Major General S. A. Hurlbut:

T. H. HARRIS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND,

No. 44.

Chattanooga, February 13, 1864.

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XIV. Brigadier General J. B. Steedman is hereby relieved from the command of the First Brigade, Second Division, Fourth Army Corps, and is assigned to the command of the Post of Chattanooga and the defenses connected therewith.

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By command of Major-General Thomas:

WM. D. WHIPPLE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WASHINGTON, February 14, 1864-12.30 p.m.

Major-General GRANT, Nashville, Tenn.:

Recruiting officers and provost-marshals have been directed to send recruits to their regiments as fast as collected, and also to send new regiments to the field s fast as organized. In case General Schofied should be rejected, who do you want command his department? Name several to select from.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

CHATTANOOGA, February 14, 1864-3 p.m.

Major-General GRANT:

As I am desirous of using a portion of Logan's force in the movement on Dalton, I think it will be better for his whole train to come here. As yet no one knows of the direction of the movement. I therefore have great hopes of its success.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General.

KNOXVILLE, February 14, 1864-2 p.m.

Major-General THOMAS:

I have reliable information that Longstreet has advanced to Strawberry Plains and has brought a pontoon bridge to the river near that place. I apprehend he intends to make a demonstration upon my front and send his cavalry around my left to cut the railroad between this place and Loudon. Possibly he may make a real attack on this place. I think the re-enforcements from your army should come forward as rapidly as practicable.

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.