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HDQRS. CAVALRY DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Memphis, Tenn., March 27, 1864.

Colonel GEORGE E. WARING, Jr.,

Commanding First Cavalry Brigade:

COLONEL: You will organize a force of 300 men from your command, well mounted, armed, and equipped, with five days' light rations and a full supply of ammunition, to proceed northeast of this point with a view of operating on the left of Colonel Hurst, who is now in the vicinity of Somerville. Select a good officer to go in command and let him report here for further instructions.

Major Thompson will start in the morning with such mounted force of the Sixth Tennessee as he can gather up, via Raleigh, with the intention of joining Colonel Hurst above Somerville. Let the officer report here as early as possible in the morning.

By order of Brigadier General B. H. Grierson:

S. L. WOODWARD,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

PADUCAH, KY.,

March 27, 1864.

General BRAYMAN:

Home guards just in from the country. Forrest's forces are moving toward Clinton, 12 miles from Columbus. Faulkner's forces are to meet him there.

S. G. HICKS,

Colonel, Commanding.

CAIRO, ILL.,

March 27, 1864.

Captain ODLIN:

Send ammunition for the guns in the fort, if possible, and also an artillerist. Do not think we can mount the gun you spoke of in your dispatch, but will try. Two men came in from Blandville to-day; report about 3,000 to be there to-night. Headquarters of Forrest are in Mayfield.

JNO. H. MUNROE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

COLUMBUS, KY.,

March 27, 1864.

Captain MUNROE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

General says the order is imperative; the gun must be mounted. If you have not enough force you will impress the citizens. I have just loaded ammunition for Cairo, Mound City, and Paducah. We have no shells. The enemy are advancing on the Milburn road. Cannot return to-night. The telegraph office must be kept open all night.

J. H. ODLIN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.