Meridian, Miss., February 14, 1864.
I. Major-General Loring will move with his column from Meridian to Moscow, via Alamutche and Gaston, across the Tombigbee River. He will halt on the eastern side of the Tombigbee and await further orders.
II. Major-General French will move with his column from Meridian to Moscow, via Alamutche and Gaston, across the Tombigbee River. He will halt on the eastern side of the Tombigbee and await further orders.
II. Lieutenant-Colonel Lockett, chief engineer, will take charge of the conduct of the trains and movement of troops from Meridian to Demopolis, selecting and indicating the most practicable route.
IV. Major-General Lee will assume command of all the cavalry west of Alabama. he is vested with plenary authority to impress all horses, mules, or other property that may be necessary for the efficient conduct of his campaign. He has discretionary power as to his movements, in view of verbal instructions already given by the lieutenant-general commanding.
V. The regiment known as Gantt's Tennessee regiment, of Adams' brigade, is hereby transferred to the Army of Tennessee. It will report to colonel Scott, First Louisiana Cavalry, who will move with it to the Army of Tennessee for the purpose of exchanging it for the First Louisiana Cavalry.
By command of Lieutenant-General Polk:
THOMAS M. JACK,
ADJT. AND INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Richmond, Va., February 15, 1864.
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XVII. Brigadier General Gabriel J. Rains will proceed without delay to Mobile, Ala., for service with subterra shells, to report thence by letter to Lieutenant-General Polk.
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By command of the Secretary of War:
MOBILE, February 15, 1864.
General S. COOPER:
Farragut is moving to attack Grant's Pass with a fleet of mortar and other boats; about fifteen reported so far. He may attack this evening. No transports reported yet.
D. H. MAURY,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,
Mobile, Ala., february 15, 1864.
Honorable JAMES A. SEDDON,
Secretary of War, Richmond, Va.:
MY DEAR SIR: The enemy under Sherman was reported at Meridian last night, and moving on Enterprise. An escaped prisoner