War of the Rebellion: Serial 079 Page 0517 Chapter LI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. -UNION.

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CHATTANOOGA, TENN., October 30, 1864-8. 30 a. m.

General GEORGE H. THOMAS:

Are we to use the cars from Athens to Pulaski in case the rebels have crossed the river, or do we march? Please answer. Have you any news of the rebels?

D. S. STANLEY,

Major-General.

NASHVILLE, TENN., October 30, 1864.

Major General D. S. STANLEY,

Chattanooga:

(To be forwarded.)

You will have to march your troops from Athens to Pulaski, as the railroad is not finished between those two points. There is no further news of the enemy than what you already know. Report your arrival at Athens, but do not move on Pulaski unless you learn that the enemy are moving on that place.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

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

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS,

Chattanooga, Tenn., October 30, 1864.

Brigadier-General WAGNER,

Commanding Second DIVISION:

Your DIVISION will start for Athens, via railroad as soon as the First DIVISION gets off. Direct your commissary of subsistence to take ten day's rations with you on trains. Have your troops in readiness to start by the very first trains, as no time must be lost.

By command of Major-General Stanley:

WM. H. SINCLAIR,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

ATHENS, October 30, 1864.

Major-General THOMAS:

Dispatch for General Stanley received. Where shall I forwarded it? Cannonading this p. m. in the direction of Bainbridge.

A. B. WADE,

Lieutenant-Colonel Seventy-THIRD Indiana, Commanding.

NASHVILLE, TENN., October 30, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel A. B. WADE,

Athens:

General Stanley will be in Athens to-morrow. You can hand the dispatch to him when he arrives.

ROBERT H. RAMSEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.