WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, October 24, 1864.
By direction of the President, Major General N. J. T. Dana, U. S. Volunteers, is assigned to the command of the Sixteenth Army Corps.
By order of the Secretary of War:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE,
Memphis, Tenn., October 24, 1864-7 a. m.
General N. J. T. DANA,
Commanding Sixteenth Army Corps, Vicksburg, Miss.:
SIR: I expect General Washburn here to-night. If he comes I will take first boat to Vicksburg. Rumor is very strong that Forrest is at Jackson, Tenn., and is going or has gone in the last day or two into Kentucky. I thought and still think he has gone via Tuscumbia to operate against General Sherman's communications. I just received a dispatch from General Reynolds, commanding Nineteenth Corps, from mouth White River, asking for the troops he sent to us last week, to prevent the enemy from crossing the Mississippi River. I send him one brigade to-day.
Your obedient servant,
M. L. SMITH,
Brigadier-General of Volunteers.
HDQRS. SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 45.
Vicksburg, Miss., October 24, 1864.
The following officers are announced on the corps and personal staff of the major-general commanding: Lieutenant Colonel T. H. Harris, assistant adjutant-general; Major James O. Pierce, assistant adjutant-general, acting assistant inspector-general, and acting judge-advocate; Captain George A. Williams, First U. S. Infantry, commissary of musters; Major Charles Mann, First Missouri Light Artillery, acting chief of artillery; Surg. A. B. Campbell, U. S. Volunteers, medical director; Lieutenant Charles H. Townsend, Twenty-ninth Wisconsin Infantry, acting assistant adjutant-general; Captain George H. Dana, Thirty-second Massachusetts Volunteers, aide-de-camp; Captain E. L. Sproat, Eighty-second New York Volunteers, aide-de-camp.
By order of Major General N. J. T. Dana:
T. H. HARRIS,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.
WASHINGTON, October 24, 1864-12 m.
Saint Louis, Mo.:
General Canby expected to leave New Orleans about the 15th instant for Arkansas, and perhaps Missouri. He considered your forces suffi-