War of the Rebellion: Serial 079 Page 0866 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter LI.

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HEADQUARTERS,

Courtland, October 29, 1864 -1 p. m.

Lieutenant -General LEE,

Commanding Corps:

General Hood directs that you move early in the morning to Bainbridge Crossing on the Tennessee and give necessary aid to the engineer troops in laying the pontoon bridge at that point. So soon as the bridge is ready cross your command and take position to protect the bridge and the crossing of the remainder or the army. Strengthen your position on the other side in every way you can by entrenching, &c. When you arrive at the river, should you find the enemy on the opposite side, you will put troops over in the boats, with as little delay as possible, and drive off the enemy, so that the bridges can be placed across the river. Colonel Pressman, chief engineer, will be with you this evening or tomorrow with may further instructions General Hood may have for you.

[A. P. MASON,

Assistant Adjutant -General.]

HEADQUARTERS,

Courtland, October 29, 1864 -1 p. m.

Lieutenant -General STEWARD,

Commanding Corps:

General Hood directs that you will move with your command tomorrow, marching toward the Bainbridge Crossing, via Leighton Post-Office, which is some thirteen miles from here on the main road to Tuscumbia. General Hood desires you will make a good day's march, but not a hard one.

[A. P. MASON,

Assistant Adjutant -General.]

OCTOBER 29, 1864.

Lieutenant -General STEWART,

Commanding Corps:

General Hood directs that tomorrow, instead of moving toward Bainbridge Crossing as directed this morning, you will, after reaching Leighton Post-Office, continue on the main road toward Tuscumbia. The general also directs that, in order to secure forage, you send your wagons to the right and left of the road, as it will be impossible to obtain it on the main road.

JAS. COOPER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant -General.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF ALA., MISS., AND EAST LA.,

Selma, October 29, 1864.

Major General N. B. FORREST,

Commanding Cavalry, via Corinth:

GENERAL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt this morning of your communication of the 21st instant. The order to which you refer, assigning General Chalmers to the command of the Sub-District of North Mississippi, was issued by Major -General Gardner with the