HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
On Little River, Ala., October 28, 1864.
Brigadier General J. W. SPRAGUE,
Commanding First DIVISION:
GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that upon crossing your command over the Chattanooga you cause the bridge upon which you cross to be thoroughly destroyed. in case it is necessary for you to destroy the bridge at Gaylesville you will be notified to that effect. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, MIL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
October 28, 1864-5. 20 p. m.
GENERAL: General Garrard says it is about five miles from here to the Alabama road by the trail upon which we are now traveling. Citizens confirm this. I crossed the Alabama road at point where it crosses Cowan's Creek. From all I can learn you will save a good deal by sending your train up the Jacksonville road to the Alabama road, and pursuing that route. At best you won't make much. The infantry can go through this way. I shall go back by Cedar Bluff and push on to Rome.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. H. WILSON,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,
In the Field, Ala., October 28, 1864.
Brigadier General J. D. COX,
Commanding Third DIVISION, Twenty-THIRD Army Corps:
GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you move at daylight to-morrow morning, October 29, 1864, moving back to the Jacksonville road, then going south two miles and a half until you strike the ave Spring road, where Colonel McQuiston's brigade, of General Cooper's DIVISION is in camp, and taking there the left- hand road toward Rome.
I am, general, very respectfully, your most obedient servant,
CLINTON A. CILLEY,
WASHINGTON, October 28, 1864-1. 40 a. m.
General Grant has ordered General Rosecrans to send you re- enforcements to Eastport, but it by no means follows that he will do so. As I shall be absent from Washington three or four days, please communicate with General Rosecrans.
H. W. HALLECK,
Major-General and Chief of Staff.