party on the La Fayette road to give you timely notice if the enemy attempts to advance on your right or to get in your rear. The Fourteenth and Thirty-eighth Ohio Infantry were sent to you to-day. Report by signal if they have reached you, as well as by courier, reporting at the same time what additional information you may have.
GEO. H. THOMAS,
March 5, 1864 - 3.30 p. m.
Firing has been heard all the morning in direction of Cleveland, and it is reported that our cavalry on right have been driven back to Lee and Gordon's Mills. I am trying to ascertain the truth of latter report.
HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, FOURTH ARMY CORPS,
Blue Springs, March 5, 1864.
Lieutenant Colonel J. S. FULLERTON,
Has a brigade been sent to Calhoun to relieve Colonel Taylor, Fortieth Ohio? If so, I will order him to his command, as authorized from department headquarters.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Chattanooga, March 5, 1864.
Colonel A. P. CAMPBELL,
If you have not yet started from Calhoun you will not march for Cleveland, but will send a force with provisions and forage to Columbus to watch the road from East Tennessee. It is reported that Longstreet's cavalry is making its way to join Joe Johnston via Marshal, Quallatown, and Murphy, thence to Benton. He was expected at Murphy last night.
Ascertain what you can regarding it, and report.
WM. D. WHIPPLE,
Chief of Staff.
ATHENS, March 5, 1864.
Major R. M. SAWYER,
The rebel officers south of Tennessee River say that General Sherman's column is on the return toward Vicksburg. Chattanooga