War of the Rebellion: Serial 079 Page 0656 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter LI.

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DALTON, November 5, 1864.

Captain F. G. HENTIG,

Commissary of Subsistence, Chattanooga:

We must have three days' rations here as early to-morrow as possible. We have not moved yet, and do not know when we shall, but must not get out of rations. The commissary is being relieved, as I learn.

J. D. COX,

Brigadier-General.

DALTON, November 5, 1864.

Dr. F. MEACHAM,

Surgeon, Twenty-THIRD Corps, Chattanooga:

If the supplies, &c., are still on the cars go right forward to Nashville with them. If they are unloaded you may telegraph to Doctor Shippen at Nashville or Pulaski and await his orders. I have telegraphed the railroad superintendent that the cars are to go forward if not unloaded.

J. D. COX,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

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

Colonel J. N. McARTHUR,

Commanding Post, Columbus, Ky.:

Dispatch received. Eight hundred men are plenty. When I refer to Columbus I refer to the forts and guns, not the town. I don't care a cent about the town. If the enemy approaches Columbus the guns of large caliber must be defended to the death and the town should be burned by you rather than that Forrest should get a pound of provisions of forage. Any attack on Columbus will be a mere dash, and Forrest will not attack men, no matter what their number, who show a determination to fight.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS, DISTRICT OF Illinois,

Springfield, November 5, 1864.

Colonel B. J. SWEET,

Commanding, Chicago:

Can spare to troops; have none. Governor Yates has telegraphed Colonel Hancock to hold his forces in readiness; go at once and confer with him; he must render you assistance.

JOHN COOK,

Brigadier-Commanding.

JOHNSON'S ISLAND, OHIO, November 5, 1864.

Captain C. H. POTTER,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Cincinnati, Ohio:

The following has just been received:

I have information from a private source, which I deem reliable, that the propelled Georgiana, 350 tons burned, was purchased at Toronto, Canada, of O. M. Smith & Co., by a Southern refugee named Bates, for $16,000 in gold, ostensibly to engage in