pressed. I have the honor to inform you that reports of operations and successes in this distribution will be called for by the Adjutant-General of the Army from time to time.
I have the honor to be, general, most respectfully, your very obedient servant,
R. A. ALGER,
Colonel Fifth Michigan Cavalry, Special Commissioner, & c.
SPRINGFIELD, ILL., March 28, 1864.
(Received 11.30 p. m.)
I am informed by telegraph that the Copperheads have killed the surgeon and a private of the Fifty-fourth Illinois Infantry, and wounded the colonel and others at Charleston, Coles County, Ill., to-day. The mayor of Mattoon telegraphs that the Copperheads are rising in Moultrie County, adjoining Coles. I think there is reason to apprehend serious trouble unless promptly checked. The Fifty-fourth Illinois is now at Charleston. There are veteran troops here in camp, say 200, and others can soon be gathered up if necessary. I should be glad to render any service in my power.
GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
Nashville, Tenn., March 28, 1864.
Captain Montgomery Rochester, assistant adjutant-general of volunteers, is assigned to duty in the adjutant-general's department at these headquarters, and will be respected accordingly.
By order of Major General W. T. Sherman:
R. M. SAWYER,
KNOXVILLE, March 29, 1864 - 10 p. m.
(Received 10.40 a. m., 31st.)
Steam-boats run regularly from Bridgeport to Chattanooga and from Chattanooga to Knoxville. Stores are rapidly accumulating at Chattanooga and Knoxville, and I will push them still more rapidly. Longstreet is leaving East Tennessee, and the secessionists are also going away, showing it to be a permanent abandonment.
Schofield has a much smaller command than I supposed, but he will push beyond Bull's Gap and develop the truth of the reports. Shall I order him to take up rails on the railroad, so as to enable me to draw a part of his command to General Thomas when the time comes to move against Johnston. I shall stay here all day to-morrow, and should like to hear from you before I return to Nashville.
W. T. SHERMAN,