MADISON STATION, ALA., April 10, 1864.
Major R. R. TOWNES,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Huntsville, Ala.:
SIR: I have to report that upon information I deemed reliable I sent a small party, under command of Lieutenant William H. Birtwhistle, after 2 or 3 men whom I had heard of as having crossed the Tennessee River on Friday night, which resulted in the capture of Major J. E. Mason, of Confederate army, whom I have this morning forwarded to provost-marshal at Huntsville.
Rebels still continue to cross and recross at Triana, and distrust all negroes and Union citizens in the vicinity.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Captain Fifth Ohio Cavalry, Commanding Detachment.
HUNTSVILLE, ALA., April 10, 1864.
Major General W. T. SHERMAN, Nashville:
Do you think there is a sufficient force in Memphis? I have not been able to get any returns from there, and do not know how many veterans are absent on furlough. If Forrest gets re-enforcement he may try and make a dash on that city. Though I have no ffears of his taking and holding the place, still he might cause us immense destruction of property.
JAS. B. McPHERSON,
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Nashville, Tenn., April 10, 1864.
General McPHERSON, Huntsville:
Hurlbut has at Memphis Buckland's brigade, 2,000; Grierson's cavalry, mounted, 2,400; dismounted, 3,000; in the fort 1,200 blacks, and outside of the fort full 2,000 blacks; in all 10,600, which are amply sufficient, besides three full regiments off armed citizens. The fort has sixty heavy guns mounted. I feel no apprehension whatever for the safety of Memphis, but only that Hurlbut may exhibit timidity and alarm.
W. T. SHERMAN,
HDQRS. MILITRY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Nashville, April 10, 1864.
The more of the enemy's cavalry that keep over toward the Mississippi the better, as our object is to disperse them. They cannot make a lodgment on the river, anyhow, and only wander about consuming the resources of their own people.