War of the Rebellion: Serial 079 Page 0836 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter LI.

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HEADQUARTERS ENGINEER OFFICE, DEPT. OF ALABAMA, MISSISSIPPI, AND EAST LOUISIANA,

Selma, Ala., October 20, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel E. SURGET,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: I have the honor to inclose extracts of memorandum report of Captain P. Robinson, engineer of District of Central Alabama, of works now being executed under his directions. In the future engineer officers of districts will furnish at the end of each week and forward to this office a report and statement of works under their charge. On receipt of these reports they will be compiled and forwarded to department headquarters.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WALTER J. MORRIS,

Captain and Actg. Chief Engr. of Ala., Miss., and East La.

[Inclosure.]

HEADQUARTERS ENGINEER OFFICE, DEPT. OF ALABAMA, MISSISSIPPI, AND EAST LOUISIANA,

Selma, Ala., October 19, 1864.

Memorandum report of Captain P. Robinson, engineer in charge, on condition of fortifications in District of Central Alabama:

Defenses at Demopolis. -Partially completed; no work going on.

Defenses at Selma. -Complete; effective against cavalry raids.

Defenses at Coosa Bridge. -Complete.

Defenses at Montgomery. -Work about one-quarter done. About 240 hands engaged. I expect to receive more implements, and to increase the force to 500 immediately. The circle of line of defenses, about 9,000 yards in length, includes eighteen redoubts and some lighter works to cover the entire ground.

Defenses at Upahaufee Bridge. -Complete.

Defenses at Opelika. -About 200 hands engaged, perhaps more by this time. The projected works are eight redoubts, one lunette, and one redan, besides one interior redoubt (complete). These works will all be in a good state of defense, if not entirely complete, by end of the present month, as I expect them to be.

Respectfully submitted.

WALTER J. MORRIS,

Captain and Actg. Chief Engr. Dept. of Ala., Miss., and East La.

WYTHEVILLE, VA., October 21, 1864.

Colonel NORTHROP,

Commissary-General, Richmond, Va.:

Trains are now running to Jonesborough, Tenn., and soon I hope will go farther. General Vaughn informs me there is a large amount of supplies now in East Tennessee and within our lines. I have furnished to your agents all the wagon transportation in my power.

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Major-General.