NASHVILLE, October 13, 1864.
COMMANDING OFFICER, Memphis:
Major General C. C. Washburn telegraphs me, near Pulaski, that he is of the opinion that General Forrest is going or has gone to Memphis, and his requested me to notify you of the fact.
GEO. H. THOMAS,
MEMPHIS, TENN., October 13, 1864.
Commanding SIXTEENTH Army Corps:
GENERAL: On the 25th day of August last I received a copy of Special Field Orders, Numbers 99, a copy of which I have inclosed. In obedience to this order I reported to Major-General Washburn without delay, but have not yet been assigned to command. Major- General Washburn being now absent I regard it my duty to report to you and respectfully request an assignment to command.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JAMES C. VEATCH,
Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers.
SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, Numbers 99.
Before Atlanta, Ga., August 15, 1864.
Brigadier General James C. Veath, U. S. Volunteers, will forthwith proceed to Memphis, Tenn., and report to Major-General Washburn, commanding District of WEST Tennessee, &c., for assignment to command according to rank.
By order of Major General O. O. Howard:
WM. T. CLARK,
HDQRS. FIRST Brigadier, SECOND DIV., CAVALRY CORPS,
Camp Howard, October 13, 1864.
[Captain S. L. WOODWARD:]
Patrol on Pigeon Roost and Holly Ford roads. -Went out on Pigeon Roost road at 11 a. m. yesterday about fourteen miles, crossed over to the Holly Ford road about three miles on the other side of Nonconnah Creek and returned to the Holly Ford road. Sent out another patrol at 12 a. m. to-day on Pigeon Roost road about seven miles; reports everything quiet.
Patrol on Hernando and Horn Lake roads. -Went out on Horn Lake road about eight miles; struck across toward the Hernando road, and returned to the picket post at 4 p. m. yesterday. Went out next, the same way, which about twenty-five men. When crossing toward the Hernando road the officer in charge sent eleven men back on the Horn Lake road to go back to the picket-station, he himself returning by the Hernando road, and did not see anything; but citizens brought word to the picket on Horn Lake road that a party of guerrillas, about thirty, were seen about two miles outside of the picket, who has captured 7 or 8