have the kindness to afford him every facility he may need to put the batteries now in reserve in order. You will find him a straightforward and attentive officer.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
O. O. HOWARD,
NASHVILLE, TENN., November 3, 1864-9 p. m.
(Received 10. 25 a. m. 4th.)
Telegraph cut north of Bowling Green last night by partisan band; therefore no report. On the 1st General Croxton made reconnaissance and found enemy intrenched at Florence, with pontoon bridge laid, and infantry and artillery crossing still. It is reported the railroad is working from Mobile through Corinth and Tuscumbia to the south end for their bridges. Forrest has appeared on the opposite bank of the Tennessee River, near Johnsonville, and to- day, assisted by gun-boat Numbers 55 (which he captured two days since near Fort Heiman), attacked our gun-boats at that post, but suffered repulse, and withdrew his infantry out of range, while the gun-boat went up the river out of range, but not out of sight, and was there at dark. Railroads and telegraphs all working.
J. C. VAN DUZER.
CHATTANOOGA, TENN., November 3, 1864.
I am here on my way to join you, but cannot hear that any transportation has been ordered to Calhoun for Garrard and McCook. I have ordered all dismounted men to Nashville in order to concentrate them with their DIVISIONS.
J. H. WILSON,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Nashville, Tenn., November 3, 1864-3 p. m.
To get transportation for this place for your men it will be necessary for you to march to Chattanooga, the rolling-stock of the roads being taxed to its utmost capacity.
GEO. H. THOMAS,
Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding.
(Same to General McCook.)
HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, MIL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
Chattanooga, November 3, 1864.
Major General J. B. STEEDMAN,
Commanding District of the Etowah:
GENERAL: I have been directed by Major-General Sherman to concentrate the cavalry of the Military DIVISION and to remount and equip