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HUNTSVILLE, November 9, 1864.

Major-General THOMAS:

The following dispatch is just received from Major Swallow, at Elk River Ford:

Elk River still up. Crossed two couriers in skiff evening, who communicated with Rogersville. General Croxton still occupies the east bank of Shoal Creek. The enemy have a heavy force on the other side, supposed to be on corps. They are reported to have one corps at Florence and one corps on south side of the river opposite Florence.

R. S. GRANGER,

Brigadier-General.

P. S. -The following telegram is just received:

A negro from Roddey's command reports that on Saturday and Sunday he saw Hood's and Stevenson's corps cross the river with 300 cattle on pontoons at Florence for Nashville. Roddey went to Crointh; balance on this side of Tuscumbia.

WM. GIVEN,

Colonel, Commanding Post.

R. S. GRANGER,

Brigadier-General.

(Same to General Rousseau.)

PULASKI, November 9, 1864.

Major-General THOMAS:

I have furnished General Stanley with a copy of the following dispatch for Generals Thomas and Stanley:

HEADQUARTERS U. S. CAVALRY FORCES,

Taylor's Springs, Ala., November 8, 1864-9. 30 a. m.

Colonel GEORGE SPALDING,

Commanding Fourth Cavalry DIVISION:

Major-General Stanley's dispatch of 6th instant received. The enemy's pontoon bridge has not gone away, unless carried off by the late rains and rise in the river. I have scouts across the river to get positive information. They have not reported yet. I still occupy the line of Shoal Creek. Should the enemy not attack me to- day I intend attacking along the entire line to-morrow to find out what he has there. Please forward this dispatch.

EDWARD HATCH,

Brigadier-General.

GEO. SPALDING,

Colonel, Commanding.

PULASKI, November 9, 1864.

Brigadier-General WHIPPLE,

Chief of Staff:

Can you send me the election news? Granger telegraphed me that Russel with 500 cavalry passed through Anderson's Cross-Roads toward Fayeteville. I have sent cavalry to intercept him.

D. S. STANLEY,

Major-General.

PULASKI, November 9, 1864.

Brigadier-General WHIPPLE:

Have me sent down, invoiced to Lieutenant Laubach, acting assistant quartermasters, FIFTY wheelbarrows, one dozen sledge-hammers, and

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