War of the Rebellion: Serial 059 Page 0099 Chapter XLIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HDQRS. FIRST-SIXTH Regiment ILLINOIS VOL. INFANTRY,

Whitesburg, Ala., March 20, 1864-4 p. m.

Captain M. ROCHESTER,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Third Division:

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to inform you that the enemy left the south bunk night, taking their camp and garrison equipage. They broke up three boats and moved toward Somerville. I have had a party over to-day.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN P. HALL,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

[Indorsement.]

HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Huntsville, Ala., March 20, 1864.

Respectfully forwarded for the information of the major-general commanding Fifteenth Army Corps.

I will hold one section of artillery in readiness to send to Whitesburg, but will not send it till further orders, unless the general commanding deems it desirable to have one there.

C. L. MATTHIES,

Brigadier-General.

BLUE SPRINGS, March 20, 1864.

General WHIPPLE,

Chief of Staff:

Major Paine, First Wisconsin, commanding, scouted bellow Red Clay; found rebel pickets at Wade's house. An advance of 3 miles found pickets much stronger than formerly. Rebels say Forrest has joined and is ion their right.

D. S. STANLEY,

Major-General.

From General G. H. Thomas' journal.

MARCH 20, 1864.

Railroad completed through to Ringgold, Ga. About this time information was received from Dalton confirmatory of the report received from General Gordon Granger on the 5th that a part of Longstreet's cavalry, said to be Martin's division, was re-enforcing Johnston.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Huntsville, Ala., March 20, 1864.

Brigadier General P. JOSEPH OSTERHAUS,

Woodsville, Ala.:

The boast were moored last night from opposite Whitesburg. The pickets are also withdrawn from the opposite bank to-day. They may intend crossing and attacking your force at Vienna. I think this likely. Look out.

JOHN A. LOGAN,

Major-General.