War of the Rebellion: Serial 058 Page 0399 Chapter XLIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Meridian, Miss., February 15, 1864.

Brigadier General A. J. SMITH,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: You will destroy 12 miles of the Selma railroad as thoroughly and speedily as possible, returning to Meridian. Colonel E. F. Winslow, chief of cavalry, has been ordered to report to you, covering your movements. While at Meridian back returns can be made up, and must be required and furnished.

By order of Major General S. A. Hurlbut:

T. H. HARRIS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Meridian, Miss., February 15, 1864.

Brigadier General J. C. VEATCH,

Commanding Fourth Division:

GENERAL: The general commanding corps directs that you operate on the railroad north to Marison Station (6 miles) only, which he presumes you can accomplish to-morrow without difficulty. The regiment of cavalry, being required in another direction, will not report to you.

I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

T. H. HARRIS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Meridian, Miss., February 15, 1864.

Colonel E. F. WINSLOW,

Chief of Cavalry:

You will move carefully forward, covering Brigadier General A. J. Smith's operations on the Selma railroad, and will endeavor to learn of Brigadier General Sooy Smith's whereabouts, reporting at once any information gained. You will report to Brigadier General A. J. Smith. Brigadier General A. J. Smith will destroy 12 miles of railroad and return to Meridian, and Brigadier General J. C. Veatch will destroy some 8 or 10 miles of road and return.

By order of Major General S. A. Hurlbut:

T. H. HARRIS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Meridian, Miss., February 15, 1864.

Brigadier General M. D. LEGGETT,

Commanding Third Division:

You will direct Colonel Potts to proceed to-morrow on the line of the Southern Railroad west ward toward Jackson, Miss., as far as Chunky's Station, burning the bridges, culverts, &c., and damaging