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203.] BELLAIRE, January 27, 1865-5 p. m.

Captain FORD,

Wheeling:

There are 153 cars east of Columbus which should be here by morning. I fear you will be lacking in cars.

LEWIS B. PARSONS,

Colonel and Chief of Rail and River Transportation.

204.] WHEELING, January 27, 1865.

Colonel PARSONS,

Bellaire:

Be so king as to inform me the number of troops yet to arrive at Bellaire, and the number of cars of artillery, and horses, and when we may expect the latter at Bridgeport, opposite Wheeling.

J. B. FORD.

205.] BELLAIRE, January 27, 1865.

Captain J. B. FORD,

Wheeling, Va.:

Train No. 27 will be in about midnight. Contains eleven cars of horses, nine of artillery and baggage, and seven of troops. I will send the entire train to Bridgeport early in the morning. I suppose it will require two trains on your road. Please have all in readiness early to load promptly. Some forage to be required of Captain Artsman. Pray do not forget an abundance of straw and hay for the troops. Answer. No. 33 will also go to Bridgeport to-morrow as it contains eleven cars of horses and artillery, and only three of troops.

LEWIS B. PARSONS,

Colonel and Chief of Rail and River Transportation.

206.] WHEELING, January 27, 1865-8 p. m.

Colonel LEWIS B. PARSONS,

Bellaire, Ohio:

We have ample cars for the artillery and horses that may arrive to-morrow. Will give special attention to making men comfortable.

J. B. FORD.

207.] BELLAIRE, January 28, 1865.

Captain J. H. MYERS,

Twenty-third Indiana Battery (Battery D, First Ohio),

Bellaire, Ohio:

Yours horses having been so long on boat and cars as to require a change, you will be transshipped at Wheeling instead of Bellaire, where you will secure sufficient necessary rations for your men and horses, loading and being ready to move as soon thereafter as possible. You will report to Captain Gus. Artsman, assistant quartermaster; also to Captain J. B. Ford, agent Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, for transshipment. Report to Captain Artsman for what is necessary in way of forage and supplies.

LEWIS B. PARSONS,

Colonel and Chief of Rail and River Transportation.