Demopolis, Ala., February 24, 1864.
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VII. Lieutenant General W. J. Hardee will proceed with the troops under his command to Dalton, Ga., and report to General Joseph E. Johnston.
By command of Lieutenant-General Polk:
THOS. M. JACK,
WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A. Richmond, Va., February 24, 1864.
Lieutenant General L. POLK, Commanding, &c.:
GENERAL: Honorable Mr. Mitchell, Senator from Arkansas, being deeply interested in the transmission of arms and funds tot he Trans-Mississippi Department, has undertaken and been specially commissioned by me to accompany and supervise the parties to be sent in charge of munitions of war and funds. They will be arranged under the direction of ordnance officers, with aid furnished by the Quartermaster-General, and are expected form time to time, as opportunities offer, to proceed with reasonable escorts tot he Mississippi. The successful accomplishment of these plans is of great importance, and interests me much.
You are requested to give reasonable escorts tot he points which may be selected on the river as they may be required,a nd to afford all protection, aid, and facilities you reasonably can tot he execution of the plan. Honorable Mr. Mitchell will confer with you and explain his views,* and I ask for him your favorable consideration and effective assistance.
JAMES A. SEDDON,
Secretary of War.
(Similar letter to General Maury.)
HDQRS. FORREST'S CAV. DEPARTMENT,
Starkville, February 25, 1864.
You will move the three brigades at West Point, viz, Bell's, McCulloch's, and Forrest's, together with the entire wagon train and all the captured artillery and other property, to this point to-morrow. If you cannot come so soon, move on the following day with the Federal prisoners.
N. B. FORREST,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE, February 25, 1864.
General S. COOPER, Adjutant-General, Richmond:
GENERAL: I have thought it best to assign General Buckner to the command of the division recently commanded by General Hood
*See Polk to Cooper, March 5, Vol. XXXIV, Part II.]
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