War of the Rebellion: Serial 079 Page 0870 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter LI.

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TUSCUMBIA, October 31, 1864.

President JEFFERSON DAVIS,

Richmond:

To prevent confusion, please inform me whether my presence with any army in the field imposes on the necessity of assuming command, and whether in that case it relieves from duty the immediate commander. Should not my orders pass merely through that officer, without destroying the existing system of organization?

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

TUSCUMBIA, October 31, 1864.

(Via Mobile November 1.)

General S. COOPER:

Army arrived here yesterday preparatory to crossing Tennessee, which will be done soon as bridge is laid and necessary supplies obtained. General Hood found it impracticable to cross more to eastward without serious loss of time and life, moreover he is nearer here to his new base of operations.

G. T. BEAUREGARD,

General.

(Copy send President and Secretary of War.)

TUSCUMBIA, October 31, 1864.

(Received November 1.)

General S. COOPER:

Have General Hood's telegrams to Secretary of War and General Bragg relative to his operations of 12th instant about Dalton been received? It is feared they may have miscarried.

G. T. BEAUREGARD,

General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF TENNESSEE,

Tuscumbia, Ala., October 31, 1864.

Honorable J. A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War:

Florence is in our possession and the pontoon bridge is being laid down. I hope to be able to advance across the river so soon as supplies can be obtained.

J. B. HOOD,

General.

HEADQUARTERS,

Tuscumbia, October 31, 1864.

His Excellency the PRESIDENT,

Richmond, Va.:

I respectfully recommend that Major -General Cheatham be promoted to the rank of lieutenant -general, to command the corps recently commander by Lieutenant -General Hardee, and which General Cheatham has been commanding since General Hardee left this army.

J. B. HOOD,

General.