War of the Rebellion: Serial 079 Page 0606 KY., SW., VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter LI.

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officer to be prepared and to obstruct it as soon he learns of the enemy's approach. If it were down now it might impede the route of General Croxton, if forced to come that way, and endanger his command if pressed by the enemy.

R. S. GRANGER,

Brigadier-General.

HUNTSVILLE, ALA., November 2, 1864.

Major-General THOMAS:

Courier just in from Brown's Ferry, with dispatch dated November 1, 6. 45 p. m., reports:

Scouts in from Rogersville and Lamb's Ferry, and that all is quiet at those points. Major Hutsell, four miles WEST of Brown's Ferry on Florence road, reports small parties of the enemy occasionally in sight, with some firing. Major Hutsell also reports cannonading in direction of Courtland.

G. R. SWALLOW,

Major Tenth Indiana Cavalry.

I arrived here this morning with 200 men, whom I have distributed along the road. Shall send some more troops up road as guard as soon as I can get transportation. Will return to Decatur as soon as I can get a train.

R. S. GRANGER,

Brigadier-General.

DECATUR, ALA., November 2, 1864-12 m.

Major-General THOMAS:

My courier, just this moment in from Brown' Ferry, reports will quiet at that place. No sign of the enemy at Elk River Ford last night at dark. At that time the advance of the enemy had not reached Rogersville. I have received reports from up the river, where all is extremely vigilant. Enemy in small squads continually showing himself on south side, but returns often a few shots. I feel more anxiety at present for the railroad, and shall re-enforce the posts along the line. Our guides, scouts, and patrols are extremely vigilant, and I will give you early information of the approach of the enemy.

R. S. GRANGER,

Brigadier-General.

DECATUR JUNCTION, ALA., November 2, 1864-8 p. m.

Major-General THOMAS:

Cavalry at the ford now and infantry ordered forward from Athens. Another regiment will be forwarded as soon as possible. I have made every effort to get transportation. Regiment has been at the depot all day to-day and was ready yesterday to move. No transportation could be had as the road was taken up by troops from Stevenson.

R. S. GRANGER,

Brigadier-General.