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Louis that three regiments and one battery, about 2,500 men, had embarked at that point, and would reach Paducah by the evening of the 8th. The other troops would follow as rapidly as possible.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, U. S. Volunteers.

KINGSTON, GA., November 7, 1864-6. 30 p. m.

Major-General THOMAS:

Your dispatch of to-day just received. All right. I think Beauregard is checkmated. I will be all ready by the 10th instant. Will give you more positive notice in a day or two. I am glad General A. J. Smith is heard from. All men belonging to his two DIVISIONS that are not in hospital you will order in my name from Memphis. I would like to know, if possible, if Hood's whole army is at Tuscumbia or has gone toward Corinth.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Nashville, November 7, 1864-5 p. m.

Colonel W. E. MERRILL,

Chattanooga:

Have you enough canvas boats on hand to build a pontoon bridge across the Tennessee? I want a pontoon train fitted up as soon as you can.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

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

CHATTANOOGA, November 7, 1864.

Major-General THOMAS:

I have not; but have enough Cincinnati boats, and some to spare. Our canvas trains are at Atlanta.

Respectfully,

WM. E. MERRILL,

Colonel and Chief Engineer.

NASHVILLE, TENN., November 7, 1864.

General R. ALLEN,

Chief Quartermaster, Louisville, Ky.:

There will be three feet on Harpeth and rising by morning. Put the boats through. Send all the tow-boats you can for barges at Smithland.

J. L. DONALDSON,

Chief Quartermaster Department of the Cumberland.