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HDQRS. DEPT. OF ALA., MISS., AND E. LA., Numbers 125. Selma, October 3, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel W. M. Levy is hereby announced as senior assistant inspector-general on the department staff, and will be obeyed and respected accordingly.

By command of Lieutenant General R. Taylor:


Assistant Adjutant-General.

SELMA, October 3, 1864.

Brigadier-General CHALMERS:

Have directed Seventh Alabama to Cherokee. Is it possible for you to strengthen that point and Corinth? They must be defended. Can't you by operations in WEST Tennessee furnish considerable number recruits to successfully guard them with aid of small works? Do your best in this reference, and keep me advised by telegraph.

By command of Lieutenant-General Taylor:


Assistant Adjutant-General.


HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF THE GULF, Numbers 277. Mobile, October 3, 1864.

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IX. Pursuant to instructions from department headquarters, Major General F. Gardner is relieved from further duty in the District of the Gulf, and will report for orders to Lieutenant-General Taylor, at Meridian, Miss.

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By command of Major General Dabney H. Maury:


Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHAFFIN'S BLUFF, October 4, 1864.

Honorable J. A. SEDDON, Secretary of War:

General Breckinridge reports that the enemy attacked Saltville on the 2nd instant and received a bloody repulse. They retired during the night in confusion, apparently in the direction of Sandy River, leaving most of their dead and wounded in our hands. He is pursuing them. All our troops behaved well.

R. E. LEE.

CHAFFIN'S BLUFF, October 4, 1864.


Your telegram of to-day received. I am most gratified at your victory at Saltville. You must retain Williams until the present emergency has subsided. Notify General Hood.

R. E. LEE.

[OCTOBER 4, 1864. -For Vaughn to Meyers and Anderson to Vaughn, relating to operations in Southwestern Virginia and East Tennessee, see Part I, pp. 562, 563.]