War of the Rebellion: Serial 077 Page 0632 Chapter LI. KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA.

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Two regiments of his rear guard were sent to my front during the night to the 5th, attacking my picket-lines. Early in the morning, with a portion of my command, drove them through Florence. One company of cavalry from General Rousseau's command reached this point late last evening for the purpose of taking possession of the Bainbridge crossing, the general's main command being some twenty- five miles from here on the old military road. I will leave in the morning on my return to Athens, where I am in hopes to receive orders for my future movements and railroad transportation for my command.

J. D. MORGAN,

Brigadier-General.

13.

ATHENS, ALA., October 12, 1864-12. 15 p. m.

Captain RAMSEY,

A. A. G., Major-General Thomas' Staff, Nashville, Tenn.:

Your dispatch of this date just received. I halted my command just outside of the limits of Athens to wait transportation.

I shall be ready to move at any moment.

J. D. MORGAN,

Brigadier-General.

14.

ATHENS, ALA., October 12, 1864-10 a. m.

Captain RAMSEY,

A. A. G., Major-General Thomas' Staff, Nashville, Tenn.:

Your dispatch of this date received one mile WEST of Athens. The head of my DIVISION is now pushing through the town. I will move to Bridgeport with all possible dispatch. My men are a good deal broken down from excessive rains and bad roads; many of them barefooted. I left Florence by order of Major-General Rousseau on the morning of the 10th instant. All your dispatches sent me beyond Athens were lost or captured. One of my dispatches from Shoal Creek was lost in Elk River. I forwarded through General Starkweather, at Pulaski, duplicate copy of this dispatch, which I hope you have received. If possible, I would like railroad transportation for my broken-down men. I am in hopes to hear from you at Huntsville. I will be here till 12 m. to-day.

J. D. MORGAN,

Brigadier-General.

15.

ATHENS, ALA., October 13, 1864-10. 30 a. m.

Captain RAMSEY,

A. A. G., Major-General Thomas' Staff, Nashville, Tenn.:

First Brigade just leaving Athens by railroad; transportation here sufficient for the battery. I am urging forward the balance of the transportation. I shall remain here until the whole DIVISION is no the cars, and leave on the last train.

J. D. MORGAN,

Brigadier-General.