War of the Rebellion: Serial 059 Page 0811 Chapter XLIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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not give any timely notice of the advance of an enemy. He thinks your pickets should keep well up to the enemy's line,a nd cover our front, the gelding of the line around our right flank does not, in his opinion, give as good security as its extension to the east in a direct line, and makes your line as lent if not longer.

A scouting party was this morning captured by a regiment of the enemy's cavalry at Spring Place. This we hear from citizens. He calls your attention to this.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. W. MACKALL,

Chief of Staff.

RICHMOND, VA., April 23, 1864.

Lieutenant General L. POLK,

Demopolis, Ala.:

Arms for the Trans-Mississippi Department must not be stopped. You will furnish such escort as may be required.

S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General.

RESACA, GA., April 23, 1864.

General MACKALL,

Chief of Staff, Dalton:

My division of cavalry has just arrived here. Camped one brigade upon each side of river.

G. G. DIBRELL,

Colonel, Commanding.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Numbers 95.

Richmond, April 23, 1864.

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XXXIV. The telegraphic order of April 5, 1864, from Lieutenant General L. Polk, commanidng Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana, directing Brigadier General D. Ruggles and staff to proceed to Richmond, Va., and report to the War Department, is hereby revoked.

General Ruffles and staff will proceed to Demopolis, ala., and report to Lieutenant General L. Polk, commanding, &c., for assignment to duty.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY CONFEDERATE STATES, Richmond, April 23, 1864.

Lieutenant-general POLK,

Demopolis:

If Loring's division is not essential for immediate operations in your department, order it to join Johnston at Dalton. Is should