War of the Rebellion: Serial 059 Page 0461 Chapter XLIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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APRIL 23, 1864.

HENSAL, Chief of Scouts, Decatur:

Try to get a man out east of Flint to work around in the rear toward Day's Gap, and see what is coming into the valley from that direction.

G. M. DODGE,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Decatur, Ala., April 23, 1864-9 a.m.

Brigadier-General DODGE,

Athens:

A large force was found encamped on the Danville road last night at the foot of the mountains, 5 1/2 miles out. This morning scouts report the trail of a heavy force had crossed last night toward the Moulton road. Patterson sends a flag of truce on the Moulton road, dated at Oakville, 22nd, asking to exchange 7 prisoners for a like number in our hands. I direct Captain Pollock to say that we have no prisoners, but will receive our men, if he chooses to release them, and send him an equal number when we have them. I think the flag of truce is a trick. Their forces are certainly growing larger.

JAMES C. VEATCH,

Brigadier-General.

APRIL 23, 1864.

Brigadier General J. C. VEATCH, Decatur:

I have sent some men out on east side of Flint to try to get to the rear of those men. We must watch closely. The Eighteenth Missouri Infantry will be here in a day or two.

G. M. DODGE,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Decatur, Ala., April 23, 1864-9 p.m.

Brigadier-General DODGE,

Commanding Left Wing, Sixteenth Army Corps, Athens:

The force on the Danville road passed westward during last night, or very early this morning. Heavy pickets have been found on the Moulton and Courtland roads, but no force on the Danville or Somerville road within 6 miles. No signs of the enemy at Triana.

JAMES C. VEATCH,

Brigadier-General.

HUNTSVILLE, ALA.,

April 23, 1864.

Brigadier General G. M. DODGE, Athens:

General Smith reports from Larkinsville a considerable force of rebel cavalry moving westward; say they are going to join Forrest. It is probably a part of Martin's division.

JAS. B. McPHERSON,

Major-General, Commanding.