War of the Rebellion: Serial 058 Page 0726 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter XLIV.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS,

Numbers 43.

Meridian, Miss., February 12, 1864.

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III. It is hereby ordered that the troops of your command keep on hand three days' cooked rations, and be ready to move as soon as ordered.

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By command of Lieutenant-General Polk:

THOS. M. JACK,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Sent to Generals French, Ector, and Cockrell.)

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Numbers 36.

Richmond, February 12, 1864.

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XII. Colonel Swanson's regiment of Alabama volunteers is assigned to duty with and will form a part of Brigadier-General Battle's brigade, to relieve Colonel O'Neal's regiment of the same brigade.

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XIII. Major General R. Ranson, jr., Provisional Army, C. S., will proceed without delay to Morristown, Tenn., and report to Lieutenant General J. Longstreet, commanding, &c., for assignment to the command of the cavalry attached to his corps.

XIV. Brigadier General C. W. Field, Provisional Army, C. S., will proceed without delay to Morristown, Tenn., and report to Lieutenant General J. Longstreet, commanding, for assignment to duty with the division lately commanded by Lieutenant General J. B. Hood.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

DALTON, February 12, 1864.

Major-General MAURY,

Commanding, Mobile:

General Johnston has reported to the President that this army is already too weak; therefore he cannot reduce it. He suggests that you apply to General Polk.

For General Johnston:

BENJ. S. EWELL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

DALTON, February 12, 1864.

Colonel G. W. C. LEE,

Aide-de-Camp, &c.:

COLONEL: I have had the honor to receive your letter of the 26th ultimo.

I have not the slightest doubt that the concentration of the Kentucky troops as near as practicable to the frontier of that State