War of the Rebellion: Serial 058 Page 0734 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter XLIV.

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Mobile and Ohio Railroad and the engines of the Southern and Selma roads will be in Mobile; the engines within your entrenchments. I send you about 100,000 pounds of bacon and about the same amount of flour and wheat. I shall continue to add to your stores by the rivers. My stores have gone toward Selma, and I shall cover them and wait for the development of events. I shall send you the First Alabama Regiment. General Forrest reports a very heavy force of cavalry and mounted infantry. 12,000 strong, moving on the Prairies, Columbus, &c., with a view of making a junction with Sherman. After to-morrow your communications must be via Montgomery. You could not have included Cantey's force nor the troops garrisoning earth and bay works in your estimate of your force.

L. POLK,

Lieutenant-General.

MOBILE, February 13, 1864.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General:

I shall need at least 6,000 additional good troops. can they be sent to me? Report has just reached me that enemy will attack Grant's Pass on Monday, the 15th. Can learn nothing from Sherman's column.

D. H. MAURY,

Major-General.

MOBILE, February 13, 1864.

Lieutenant-General POLK:

The number of effective men in my division also includes the garrison at Mobile.

D. H. MAURY,

Major-General.

MERIDIAN, February 13, 1864.

Brigadier-General RUGGLES:

General Forrest's information is that enemy are 5 miles from Byhalia, moving east, and that another column will no doubt move from Collierville via salem and Ripley. They destination said to be Prairies and junction with Sherman. Their force is twelve regiments of cavalry and mounted infantry. Generals Forrest and Gholson and Roddey are co-operating against them. Communicate with them. No additional troops can be sent you. Send stores to Tuscaloosa.

THOS. M. JACK,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

MERIDIAN, February 13, 1864.

Mr. Charles S. Williams is hereby ordered to proceed immediately to McDowell and remove all the engines belonging to the Southern Road to Mobile without a moment's delay.

L. POLK,

Lieutenant-General.