War of the Rebellion: Serial 058 Page 0803 Chapter XLIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE, Midway, February 25, 1864.

Major General W. T. MARTIN,

Commanding Cavalry, East Tennessee:

The lieutenant-general commanding, under orders from the President, directs that you, with your own division of cavalry, proceed at once, by the most practicable route, to join General J. E. Johnston, at Dalton, Ga. You will us your own discretion as to whether you had better go in a body or in detachments. You will leave Dibrell's brigade and the Texas brigade in position at Newport and will transmit to them such orders as you have. You will advise us how soon you can make your arrangements for leaving. The lieutenant-general commanding give you these orders with regret. He had hoped in retaining the services of your command to have helped the great cause by that good work which it is so well capable of performing.

Trusting, however, that you are but removed to a new field of glory, I remain, general, with great respect, your most obedient servant,

OSMAN LATROBE,

Major, Assistant Adjutant-General.

DALTON, February 25, 1864.

Lieutenant-General LONGSTREET,

Greeneville, Tenn.:

We have been skirmishing all day successfully. Enemy's force estimated at nearly three corps, including Wolford's cavalry. His plans not developed.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

DALTON, February 25, 1864.

Colonel W. F. BRANTLY,

Commanding Walthall's Brigade,

One mile this side Resaca:

You will, with your brigade, move without delay and rejoin your division.

GEORGE WM. BRENT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

DALTON, February 25, 1864.

General J. C. BROWN,

Rome, Ga.:

Move forward to this point at once with the remainder of your brigade at Rome; it is important. Colonel McMicken is ordered to furnish transportation. Answer.

GEORGE WM. BRENT,

Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.