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march by roads thence to Johnsonville or Waverly. Should you find it necessary to come up the Cumberland you had better start with ten days' rations. You can get forage for your animals along the road from Fort Donelson to Waverly. Answer, giving your views.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, U. S. Volunteers.

SAINT LOUIS, November 7, 1864.

Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS:

Three regiments and one battery, about 2,500 men, have embarked at this point, and will reach Paducah by the evening of the 8th. Other troops will follow as rapidly as possible. I will keep you advised.

A. J. SMITH,

Major-General.

NASHVILLE, TENN., November 7, 1864-5 p. m.

Major General A. J. SMITH,

Saint Louis:

Your dispatch is just received. Do not neglect to bring your transportation with your command, and also ammunition enough to make with what the men carry in their cartridge-boxes 150 rounds per man.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, U. S. Volunteers.

NASHVILLE, TENN., November 7, 1864-10. 15 p. m.

Major General A. J. SMITH,

Paducah or Saint Louis:

The Cumberland River has risen sufficiently to permit you to come up to Nashville with your command. I wish you, therefore, to get here as soon as you can. Disembark your troops and take post temporarily at Murfreesborough until the whole force can be reorganized or we hear something definite about the movements of the enemy.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

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

NASHVILLE, TENN., November 7, 1864-6 p. m.

Major-General BURBRIDGE,

Lexington, Ky.:

Major Chambliss, special inspector cavalry, Military DIVISION of the Mississippi, reports that you have seized or caused to be issued to negro cavalry regiments horses intended for issue to the cavalry of this department, now preparing for the field. This is the most important object now, and I wish you to have all such horses turned in at once for issue to the cavalry of the Military DIVISION of the Mississippi, now waiting for horses. And I also desire that you will not hereafter interfere with any of the dismounted men of cavalry regiments sent to Louisville for remount, nor with any horses, horse equipments, or cavalry ordnance stores, or arms intended for this military DIVISION.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

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