War of the Rebellion: Serial 058 Page 0629 Chapter XLIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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Your artillery (the two batteries moving with you to-day) you will send on to pursue their march toward Dandridge, to report to Brigadier-General Wofford, commanding McLaws' division, who will be in the vicinity of Dandridge early to-morrow. The battery that you not long ago sent across the river to General Vaughn has been ordered back to Bull's Gap, which will give you two there.

The commanding general desires you to return as quickly as possible to Bull's Gap, using the greatest dispatch in getting there.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. M. SORREL,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

P. S.-Instead of sending both of the batteries with you to General Wofford, send only one and take the other back with you. You will then have three at the gap with you.

G. M. SORREL,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

CANTON, MISS., January 28, 1864.

Colonel JACK,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Meridian:

I am informed through General Maury that special orders were issued on the 25th directing Swanson's regiment, Clanton's brigade, to proceed forthwith to Northern Virginia, via railroad, through Columbia, S. C., and Greensborough, N. C., and Danville, Va.

As soon as the orders reach you send an inspector at once to Montgomery, where the regiment now is, to hasten its departure. It will be replaced by O'Neal's Alabama regiment.

L. POLK,

Lieutenant-General.

CANTON, MISS., January 28, 1864.

Lieutenant-Colonel JACK,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Meridian:

You will issue orders immediately to Major Denis to use the troops he has at his disposal in Alabama for the purpose of pressing 5,000 negroes for the public service in erecting defenses at Mobile.

Instruct him to place himself in communication with Governor Clark at Macoon, Miss., that he may know if such impressment could be made in Mississippi.

L. POLK,

Lieutenant-General.

CANTON, MISS., January 28, 1864.

Governor WATTS,

Montgomery, Ala.:

General Maury, as I learn through F. S. Blount, has called for 5,000 negroes for the erection of defenses at Mobile. Those negroes, I think, ought to be had easily from Alabama. A few might come