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HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Pulaski, Tenn., March 22, 1864.

Commanding Officers of Detachments at

Wales' Station Bridge and Reynolds' Station Bridge:

General Dodge reports that Forrest has a pontoon; will cross the river and attack railroad above Athens. Watch for the enemy closely to prevent a surprise, and also to gain information of his strength and intent. If attacked, move every man into your stockade, fort, or fortification, and defend the bridge or trestle to the last extremity. Report all important information to these headquarters immediately.

By order of Brigadier General T. W. Sweeny, commanding:

LOUIS H. EVERTS,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

ATHENS, March 22, 1864.

Brigadier General T. W. SWEENY, Pulaski:

Have two regiments at the depot, ready to go to Decatur as soon as cars arrive.

By order of General Dodge:

J. W. BARNES,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

ATHENS, March 22, 1864.

Colonel G. E. SPENCER, Decatur:

Do you consider it reliable that Forres is crossing? I have nothing from him on this side of river.

G. M. DODGE,

Brigadier-General.

ATHENS, March 22, 1864.

Major-General THOMAS, Chattanooga:

Dispatch of 20th just received. Third Alabama Infantry, A. D., part of Fourth Alabama Infantry. A. D., just organizing, not armed; Ninth Ohio Cavalry, two battalions, 800 strong (one battalion in East Tennessee), ordered here. My troops as yet have not been relieved. Forrest, Clanton, and Roddey in my front.

G. M. DODGE,

Brigadier-General.

WOODVILLE, ALA.,

March 22, 1864.

Major R. R. TOWNES,

Asst. Adjt. General, Fifteenth Army Corps:

Colonel Ferreby, commanding at Vienna, reports that no force of the enemy can be discovered on the opposite side except the usual pickets. He has the river well patrolled between the mouth of Paint Rock and Flint Rivers. An officer of my staff just returned from a