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mouth I will keep you advised by telegraph of your progress and prospects. Would it not be well toi prepare for drawing on the Northern Central, and other roads, foir additional marchinery, if required? I trust all due preparation will be made to make the troops as comfortable as possible, as I found going over the mountain it was very cold, and without fires it would have been exteemely uncomfortable. The certified report to me is 3,000 more than was supposed by the Assistant Secretary.

Very truly, yours,

LEWIS B. PARSONS,

Colonel and Chief of Rail and River Transportation.

52.] CAIRO, January 16, 1865.

THOMAS LOUGH, Esq.,

Colubmus, Ohio:

I expect to start up the Tennessee to-morrow. Shall be absent about three days, unless there is great cahnge in the weather. Shall not require assistance at present. Please advise Gray and Woodward.

LEWIS B. PARSONS,

Colonel and Chief of Rail and River Transportation.

53.] PADUCAH, January 16, 1865.

Captain J. H. WILSON, Assistant Quartermaster, or

Captain H. L. DOWNS:

Your will please notify all the boats connected with the fleet to be moved up the Tennessee River that they are expected to be in readiness to leave promptly on a signal from the gun-boat at the hour of 6 o'clock in the morning, and to proceed in the order and with the vessels to which they have severally been assigned.

Very respectfully,

LEWIS B. PARSONS,

Colonel and Chief of Rail and River Transportation.

54.] PADUCAH, January 17, 1865-2 a.m.

Honorable C. A. DANA,

Assistant Secretary, Washington City:

All ready to start a daylight. An iron-clad is in the convoy and it will take two days to reach Clifton.

LEWIS B. PARSONS,

Colonel and Chief of Rail and River Transportation.

55.] LOUISVILLE, January 16, 1865.

Colonel L. B. PARSONS,

Cairo, Ill. (thence to Paducah):

I received the following dispatch from General Schofield: "Please send to Clifton boats for 10,000 men. The boats up the river will bring down the balance. " Two boats have just arrived from Cincinnati. No dispatch from the quartermaster.

ROBERT ALLEN,

Brigadier-General.