port of Colonel McCulloch's brigade before leaving,as the desires you to have a complete report made of your command on your arrival at Tupelo.
J. P. STRANGE,
HDQRS. FIRST Brigadier, FIRST DIV., FORREST'S CAVALRY, Near Whiteville, April 20, 1864-midnight.
GENERAL: My scouts report Grierson, with about 1,200 men, without artillery or wagons, crossed to-night at Lenman's shop, near the Marshall Institute. This shop is on the Memphis and Holly Springs road, 6 miles southeast of Collierville and about 9 miles from La Fayette. Two hundred men in La Fayette to-day; they were inquiring for the Macon bridge,a nd it was thought by citizens they were going to La Grange. I have sent a courier to Colonel Bell, at Dancyville, to-night.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. J. NEELY,
Colonel, Commanding Brigade.
ROME, GA., April 24, 1864.
General W. W. MACKALL,
Chief of Staff:
I am here with 1,300 men. Cantey's brigade was directed to this point by General Wright, awaiting orders.
J. F. COLONEY,
Colonel Twenty-ninth Alabama, Commanding.
DALTON, April 24, 1864.
COMMANDING OFFICER, C. S. ARMY,
Complete the defenses as quickly as possible. Use the labor of the troops. Let the engineers get negroes also if practicable.
J. E. J.
DEMOPOLIS, ALA., April 25, 1864.
General BRAXTON BRAGG:
GENERAL: I inclose you a roster of officers serving in staff departments at Montgomery.* I am sorry to say that it is not perfect, as some names are omitted, viz, Major A. M. Barbour, assistant quartermaster, and Captain Gonzales, acting as quartermaster under ordered from General Johnston. There are too many officers at Montgomery,especially in the quartermaster's department. Several per-