War of the Rebellion: Serial 058 Page 0474 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N.GA. Chapter XLIV.

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KNOXVILLE, February 26, 1864.

Major-General PARKE,

Strawberry Plains:

Commence moving the command across the river to-morrow morning. Let the infantry cross in the boats and the artillery and wagons at the fords. Place the troops in position on the other bank of the river. I have sent up four days' rations. They should be issued before the troops cross. I will join you to-morrow.

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, February 26, 1864.

Brigadier General O. B. WILLCOX,

Commanding Second Division, Ninth Army Corps;

GENERAL: You will have your command in readiness to move to-morrow morning (February 27) at an early hour, on receipt of order. The men will be prepared for a march of fifteen days. The officers will make preparation of supplies for themselves for that length of time. Forage, ammunition, and supplies will be forwarded by rail from Knoxville to Strawberry Plains.

You will forward immediately to these headquarters the aggregate strength of your command in the field, including officers, men, and officer's servants (all who may draw rations). The division commissary will proceed, with guard to leave in charge of stores, to Strawberry Plains to receive commissary stores from Knoxville.

By command of Major-General Parke:

SAML. WRIGHT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, February 26, 1864

Brigadier General O. B. WILLCOX,

Commanding Second Division, Ninth Army Corps:

GENERAL: The forces will cross the river to-morrow. You will have your command in readiness to move at 7 o'clock to-morrow morning to cross four boats at Strawberry Plains, below railroad bridge. You will cross your trains at ford above this point.

By command of Major-General Parke:

SAML. WRIGHT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Lee's House, February 26, 1864

Brigadier-General CRUFT,

Commanding First Division, Fourth Army Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding desires you to have your troops put in a good defensive position at once. You will also direct the cavalry to make a sharp reconnaissance toward Dalton to feel the enemy.

By command of Major-General Palmer:

D. W. NORTON,

Major and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.