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salt-works are strongly fortified. A large portion of the cavalry that operated in East Tennessee is now recruiting in squads of from 50 to 300 in Scott, Russell, Lee, and Wise Counties. This information is reliable.

W. P. ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

PULASKI, TENN., February 23, 1864.

Colonel A. ANDERSON,

Superintendent of Railroads, Nashville:

Road is finished to Athens. Plenty of wood there, and water at Elk Mound, 8 miles this side or 4 miles south.

Please order trains to run there as soon as possible. I have a large force there to supply.

G. M. DODGE,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS LEFT WING, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Pulaski, Tenn., February 23, 1864.

Major R. M. SAWYER,

Asst. Adjt. General, Dept.and Army of the Tennessee:

MAJOR: I have the honor to report the duty performed by this command in repairing the railroad from Nashville to Decatur.

The command arrived at Pulaski November 11, 1863, and was soon after scattered along the railroad from Columbia to Athens, and details of working parties placed to work on all the bridges, every bridge on the road being out. I so after received orders to take charge of the work north of Duck River, and placed parties to work on seven bridges north of that place and also a heavy detail on Duck River bridge; the piers to this bridge were destroyed. Since that time we have put in the following bridges, all good, solid structures, numbered from 6 up:

No. Length. Height.

Feet. Feet.

6 Carter's trestle 225 32

7 Rutherford Creek, Numbers 1. 120 19

8 Rutherford Creek, Numbers 2. 208 19 1/2

9 Rutherford Creek, Numbers 3. 272 29

10 Rutherford Creek, No. 4 . 272 52

11 Duck River (two spans Howe 609 70

truss, two-span trestle)

12 Harris' trestle 198 30

13 Calleoka trestle 1,008 39

14 Grace's trestle 630 43

15 Robertson's trestle 112 17 1/2

16 Richland Creek, trestle Numbers 192 27

1.

17 Richland Creek, trestle Numbers 176 29

2.

18 Richland Creek, trestle Numbers 168 32

3.

19 Richland Creek, trestle Numbers 360 34 1/2

4.

20 Tunnel Hill trestle 720 39

21 Elk River bridge trestle (rests 615 36 1/2

on seven cribs)

22 Mill Creek trestle 315 30

23 Sulphur Springs trestle 525 73

24 Athens trestle 96 7

25 Athens trestle 132 11

26 Athens trestle 72 11 1/2

27 Swan Creek trestle 360 12

28 Swan Creek trestle 114 11

29 Swan Creek Swamp trestle 200 9

30 Junction trestle 240 15

Two spans of the truss at Duck River were put in by L. B. Boomer, of Chicago, a deck-truss being substituted for a through truss; the