War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 0222 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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11.] RAILROAD NEAR BENWOOD, January 12, 1865.

Colonel MCKIM, or

J. V. LEWIS, Quartermaster, Cincinnati, Ohio:

I desire to see Captain Lewis and some representative of the Little Miami Railroad, on important business, on my arrival at Cincinnati to-morrow morning on my way direct to Louisville.

By order of Quartermaster-General:

LEWIS B. PARSONS,

Colonel and Chief of Rail and River Transportation.

12.] CINCINNATI, OHIO, January 13, 1865.

Captain A. C. WOOLFORK,

Assistant Quartermastr, Cairo, Ill.:

How many and what boats could you furnish on from twelve to twenty-four hours' notice, with ten days' stores, fuel for 500 or 600 miles? What boats are in the Tennessee or Cumberland? Answer, Luisville, care General Allen, as particularly as practicable. How many cars could you furnish at Cairo on the same notice if necessary?

LEWIS B. PARSONS,

Colonel and Chief of Rail and River Transportation.

13.] CAIRO, ILL., January 14, 1865.

Colonel PARSONS:

(Care General Allen.)

I can furnish transportation for the 10,000 men asked for by General Allen, without material damage to freighting up Cumberland. The Kennett, Brilliant, Marmore, Decatur, Des Moines, and some others in Cumberland. Izetta and others in Tennessee. I am assured by railroad agent that there will be no trouble about cars. Let me know in time. Is this the same as General Allen's?

WOOLFOLK.

14.] CINCINNATI, OHIO, January 13, 1865.

Captain L. S. METCALF,

Assistant Quartermaster, Saint Louis, Mo.:

Is the river open to Cairo? If so, how many, and what boats could you furnish, on from twelve to twenty-four hours' notice, with ten days' stores and fuel for 600 miles to be sent to Cairo?

LEWIS B. PARSONS,

Colonel and Chief of Rail and River Transportation.

15.] CINCINNATI, OHIO, January 13, 1865.

Brigadier General ROBERT ALLEN,

Louisville, Ky.:

I have just arrived, and leave on mail-boat for Louisville. Please request Captain Ernst to ascertain the names of all boats on the Tennessee and Cumberland, as far as practicable.

LEWIS B. PARSONS,

Colonel and Chief of Rail and River Transportation.