War of the Rebellion: Serial 079 Page 0508 KY., SV. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter LI.

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I would respectfully call your attention to the above, which shows that it will be impossible to continue to operate this road, if the workmen cannot be kept on the road. I trust that you soon will be able to take measures to clear out this robber band, which seems to be confined to the part of the road from Mitchellville to the tunnel. The other parts of the road are comparatively secure.

Very respectfully, yours,

JAMES GUTHRIE,

President Louisville and Nashville Railroad.

Per ALBERT FINK,

Superintendent of Railroad.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION,

Clifton, Tenn., October 29, 1864. (Via Johnsonville 31st.)

Major-General HOWARD:

In compliance with your order I march immediately via Pulaski. I have no men with me dismounted. With the exception of 150th sent with dispatches and 4 killed and died of wounds, I have all the men with which I left Memphis. Will your order a detachment of the THIRD Illinois Cavalry, now of Paducah, of 177 men, to report to me by rail at Stevenson, Ala.?

Respectfully,

EDWID. HATCH,

Brigadier-General.

NASHVILLE, TENN., October 29, 1864-8 p. m.

Brigadier-General HATCH,

Clifton:

Send all the re-enforcements you can spare to General Croxton near Florence, via Rogersville, at once.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS First CAVALRY DIVISION,

Clifton, Tenn., October 29, 1864. (Via Johnsonville 31st.)

Major General G. H. THOMAS:

I have received orders from Major-General Howard to join him in the field. Shall march via Pulaski and Stevenson. Shall probably pass Pulaski on the 31st of this month. The enemy continues to picket the WEST bank of the Tennessee in considerable force.

Very truly, your obedient servant,

EDWARD HATCH,

Brigadier-General.

U. S. IRON-CLAD ESSEX,

Memphis, Tenn., October 29, 1864.

Lieutenant Commander John G. MITCHELL, U. S. Navy,

Commanding Eighth District, MISSISSIPPI Squadron:

SIR: After consultation with Brigadier General M. L. Smith it has been agreed upon as a probable preventive of guerrilla outrages above Memphis that steamers be forbidden to land on the east bank of the river