War of the Rebellion: Serial 059 Page 0123 Chapter XLIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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ATHENS, March 23, 1864.

General GARRARD,

Commanding Cavalry Division:

I think Forrest has gone into West Tennessee. I have news of him at Corinth on Wednesday last.

G. M. DODGE,

Brigadier-General.

ATHENS, March 23, 1864.

Colonel G. E. SPENCER,

Decatur:

The general intends the Thirty-ninth Ohio to return to this place again. He so instructed Colonel Noyes last evening before starting. The general is quite sick. I know that he wished their camp and garrison equipage to remain here, and the regiment to return when it is ascertained beyond doubt that Decatur is in no danger of attack soon.

J. W. BARNES,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

ATHENS, ALA.,

March 23, 1864.

Brigadier General T. W. SWEENY,

Pulaski:

The Twelfth Illinois leaves Nashville this morning. Have them debark at Pulaski and sent forward to this place by same train [that carried] the regiment now waiting at depot.

By order of General Dodge:

J. W. BARNES,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

ATHENS, March 23, 1864.

Brigadier General J. D. STEVENSON:

Order the Thirty-ninth Ohio to return to Athens to-morrow.

By order of Brigadier-General Dodge:

J. W. BARNES,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. FIRST Brigadier, SECOND DIV., 16TH ARMY CORPS,

Pulaski, Tenn., March 23, 1864.

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Fifty-second Illinois Infantry:

Your command will not move to Decatur as ordered, but will return to camps. The regiment is not needed.

By order of Colonel E. W. Rice:

D. T. BOWLER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.