War of the Rebellion: Serial 079 Page 0602 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter LI.

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NASHVILLE, TENN., November 2, 1864.

Major-General ROSECRANS,

Warrensburg, Mo.:

Your dispatch of 5 p. m. yesterday is received. Please send the troops forward as rapidly as possible, but they should come organized and prepared for the field. In the present aspect of affairs, I desire them sent to Johnsoville, the terminus of the Northwestern railroad, on the Tennessee River, via Paducah. But it would not be safe for them to attempt to reach that point by regiments; they should come in a body.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

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

NASHVILLE, TENN., November 2, 1864.

Brigadier General W. D. WHIPPLE,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The following copy of telegram just received is respectfully submitted for the information of the major-general commanding:

JOHNSONVILLE, TENN., November 2, 1864.

Brigadier General J. L. DONALDSON:

Colonel Thompson desires me to request to forward section of artillery with 500 men soon as possible. He expects to need them to-night.

H. HOWLAND,

Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

I send the 500 men and section of artillery to-night.

Very respectfully,

J. L. DONALDSON,

Chief Quartermaster, Department of the Cumberland.

JOHNSONVILLE, TENN., November 2, 1864.

General J. L. DONALDSON,

Chief Quartermaster:

Lieutenant Commander E. M. King, with gun-boats 29 and 32, proceeded down the river this p. m., and six miles below met the 55 and transport Venus coming for this place, and after thirty minutes fight the Venus was disabled and fell into our hands. She is now at out levee. We captured on her two 20-pounder Parrotts, with over 200 rounds of ammunition for them.

H. HOWLAND,

Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

CHATTANOOGA, November 2, 1864.

Major-General SHERMAN:

Three thousand of General Schofield's troops are on the march between Dalton and Ringgold. Cox's command is at Dalton. FIFTY-six car-loads are moving from Resaca and will be here to-night. The balance of the troops will leave Resaca by rail in the morning. Schofield is at Resaca.

JAS. B. STEEDMAN,

Major-General.