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boats from getting up to the town. Colonel Gallup, of General Schofield's corps, had arrived at Johnsonville about 3 p. m. to-day with 1,000 men, and General Schofield, with whole portion of his troops, went down this afternoon, and the whole corps will be there as soon as possible. Colonel Gallupp is hard at work, and says in a short time he will be able to make a successful fight against any attack the enemy may make on him. With General Schofield and his command there, in addition to the force already in the place. I have no fear of the enemy getting possession of the town. General Croxton, from Shoal Creek bridge, at 8 o'clock this a. m., reports that one of his scouts, just in from over the river, states that the greater portion of Hood's army is still south of the river, out of rations, and butchering everything in the country; Hardee's corps and the cavalry not arrived yet, and that General Sherman was expected. Their lines on this side of the river are the same as last reported, with no increase of force. General Croxton attacked their outpost yesterday on the Huntsville, military, and an intermediate road, and, after driving them a short distance, came upon a strong and well connected line of infantry, beyond which their campfires could be seen. They are very strict, allowing no one to pass through their lines, and it is a difficult matter to get reliable information. A prisoner, captured on the 31st ultimo, was from Cleburne's DIVISION. No report from General Granger to- day.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General.

(Sanne to General Sherman.)

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Kingston, Ga., November 5, 1864.

Major-General THOMAS,

Nashville, Tenn.:

Let me know as soon as possible the truth about the rumor that Beauregard has left Florence and gone to the neighborhood of Corinth.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Kingston, Ga., November 5, 1864.

Major-General THOMAS,

Nashville, Tenn.:

Telegraph me in general terms, not in cipher, the condition of affairs. We are unable to make out your last cipher dispatch.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

KINGSTON, GA., November 5, 1864-7 p. m.

Major-General THOMAS:

I have just made out your cipher dispatch of yesterday. Bad for the gun-boats. I would not advise you to send too large a force to Johnsonville, as there cannot be anything but Forrest's cavalry there. Send some heavier guns and some re-enforcement, but keep your main force in hand till Beauregard develops his plans. I am delayed here by the