War of the Rebellion: Serial 058 Page 0808 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter XLIV.

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DEMOPOLIS, February 26, 1864.

Major General S. D. LEE,

Macon, Miss.:

I am directed by the lieutenant-general to say to you that he desires to see you and General Forrest together. you will order him to join you and report at his headquarters at Demopolis as soon as practicable. A steam-boat leaves here to-night for Gainesville,by which you might come down. Put yourself in communication with it by telegraph,a nd if you desire to use it do so. It will be subject to your orders.

By order of Lieutenant-General Polk:

W. D. GALE,

Aide-de-Camp.

DEMOPOLIS, February 26, 1864.

Major-General MAURY,

Mobile, Ala.:

I have ordered two days ago the immediate reconstruction of the telegraph lines and the railroads west of Pearl River. Parties are at work, and hope in a short time to have all re-established. Ample authority to army officers given for impressments wherever needed.

L. POLK,

Lieutenant-General.

DEMOPOLIS, ALA., February 27, 1864.

Major-General WITHERS,

Selma:

Order the Alabama regiment of Clanton's brigade, now at Selma or Montgomery, to this point as early as practicable.

THOS. M. JACK,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

DALTON, February 27, 1864.

General BRAGG,

Richmond:

In case of battle I should be compelled to divide this army into three corps. The division for battle and permanent organization should be the same. I ask authority to form three corps. It seems to me that General Polk's infantry,above what is wanted to garrison Mobile, is too small a force to be of use in Mississippi, but would be very valuable here.

J. E. JONSTON.

DALTON, February 27, 1864.

General BRAGG:

GENERAL: Letters received from the President and Secretary of War soon after my assignment ot this command gave me the impression that a forward movement by this army was intended to be