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PULASKI, October 13, 1864.

Major-General THOMAS,

Commanding:

A courier has arrived at Athens from General Steedman. Left him at midnight at Florence. Probably be at Athens to-morrow, possibly to- night. General Morgan left Athens this a. m. No news from General Rousseau.

JOHN C. STARKWEATHER,

Brigadier-General.

OCTOBER 13, 1864-11. 15 p. m.

Major-General THOMAS,

Commanding, Nashville:

I dispatched you to-night at 8. 45 that courier had arrived at Athens saying that General Steedman was at Florence last night at midnight and would arrive at midnight or in the morning at Athens. I have consequently sent the dispatch for General Steedman to Athens to be forwarded from there to him, so as to be sure that he gets it quickly. Will send dispatch by courier from here also at once and rapidly.

JOHN C. STARKWEATHER,

Brigadier-General.

PULASKI, October 13, 1864.

Major-General THOMAS,

Commanding:

Major-General Steedman and Rouseau are now at Athens. Dispatch has been forwarded there. Will recall courier sent down the road.

JOHN C. STARKWEATHER,

Brigadier-General.

PULASKI, October 13, 1864-11 a. m.

Major-General THOMAS:

Your dispatch received. My transportation will be here to-night. Will move in the morning on the Rogersville road. Suppose there is no need of haste as the river will be well covered for some days by the passage of General Rousseau's troops toward Athens. What shall I do with Colonel Roper's detachment mentioned in former dispatch? Will there be any troops except my own brigade between Decatur and Eastport?

JOHN T. CROXTON,

Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers.

NASHVILLE, October 13, 1864.

Brigadier General John T. CROXTON,

Pulaski:

I have just ordered that the Ninth and Tenth Regiments Indiana Cavalry and the Tenth and Twelfth Regiments Tennessee Cavalry be mounted from the horses used by General Steedman's men, and they