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SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF NATCHEZ, Numbers 116.

Natchez, Miss., May 7, 1865.

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2. The Fifty-eighth U. S. Colored Infantry and the Veteran Battalion Eighth Hampshire Volunteers will be held by their respective commanders in readiness for immediate movement, with camp and garrison equipage and twenty days' rations.

By order of Brigadier General J. W. Davidson:

B. F. MOREY,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

MEMPHIS, May 7, 1865. (Received 11. 50 p. m. 8th.)

Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT:

I have received the following telegram from Major-General Canby, via Senatobia. * I am repairing the telegram line, and hope to be in direct communication in three or four days with Mobile. In the meantime I hold the telegraph office at Senatobia, and any dispatches you may wish to send I can send them from there if the line is not disturbed.

C. C. WASHBURN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE,

Memphis, Tenn., May 7, 1865.

Major General E. R. S. CANBY:

I have received your dispatch of the 4th. I shall establish a post at Grenada, as you request, immediately. I hope to have the telegraph so as to communicate direct by the way of Holly Springs in a very few days. Until then any dispatches you may wish to forward North you can send to Senatobia and they will be forwarded here by the officers in command there. No news of importance from the North.

C. C. WASHBURN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE,

Memphis, Tenn., May 7, 1865.

Major General E. R. S. CANBY,

Commanding Military Division of West Mississippi, Mobile, Ala.:

The President has issued a proclamation reciting that Jeff. Davis, late of Richmond, is proven to have incited and concocted the assassination of the late President, and offers a reward of $100,000 for his capture. General Thomas instructs me to make every exertion to intercept and capture him, and says that when lawt heard from he was apparently endeavoring to pass across the country north of Atlanta, so as to avoid Wilson's cavalry and the forces at Dalton and Decatur, North Alabama.

C. C. WASHBURN,

Major-General.

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*See Canby to Washburn, May 4, p. 311.

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