War of the Rebellion: Serial 058 Page 0650 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter XLIV.

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MERIDIAN, February 1, 1864.

General LEE, Jackson:

I authorized you to-day to take possession of 1,000 stand of arms belonging to the Trans-Mississippi Department now at Brandon in the hands of the quartermaster. You say you want 800. The extra 200 hold subject to General Loring's order. I shall for the present defer my trip to Mobile.

L. POLK,

Lieutenant-General.

MERIDIAN, February 1, 1864.

Major-General LORING, Canton:

General Lee has 200 Austrian rifles subject to your order; the third hundred and the ammunition will be sent immediately. Telegraph offices will be kept open during the night.

L. POLK,

Lieutenant-General.

PANOLA, MISS., February 1, 1864.

Colonel T. M. JACK:

My headquarters will be to-morrow at Oxford. Please send all papers there.

N. B. FORREST,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS, La Grange, February 1, 1864.

(Via Waterford, 2nd.)

Major J. P. STRANGE,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Como:

I arrived yesterday; horses and men very much fatigued. I will move in direction of Moscow, leaving one company here. This place should be held as long as possible. I will destroy the railroad as I go. The works here are very good and can be held by a small force. Forage is very scarce. Send orders to Moscow.

JOHN McGUIRK,

Colonel, Commanding.

RICHMOND, VA., February 1, 1864.

Brigadier General GEORGE B. HODGE,

Abindgon, Va.:

GENERAL: I am directed by the Adjutant and Inspector General to inform you, in response to your letter of the 26th ultimo, in which you propose to make a raid into Kentucky, that it would be irregular for the Department to take action upon the application without first ascertaining the views of the commander of the military department to which you are ordered to report.

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

H. L. CLAY,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.