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HEADQUARTERS SIXTH DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS,

MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

Pulaski, Tenn., January 29, 1865.

Lieutenant Colonel R. W. SMITH:

COLONEL: General Johnson desires you to have a party of twenty men from your regiment made ready to go on a three days' scout, starting late in the afternoon on Monday. They will be placed in charge of an officer or non-commissioned officer of energy, vigilance, and first-rate capacity generally. As an officer is to go in command of a party from the Eighth Michigan, which will co-operate with them, it is not very important that you should place an officer in command, though it is desirable, if you have a first-rate one. Let the officer or non-commissioned officer who goes report here at 9 a. m. to-morrow for instructions.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. T. WELLS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS,

MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

Pulaski, Tenn., January 29, 1865.

Colonel E. MIX:

COLONEL: You will cause a party of twenty men, in command of an efficient, enterprising, and reliable officer to be made ready to go on a three days' scout, starting to-morrow evening. They will co-operate with a party of the same number from Sixteenth Illinois, going by another road. The officer in command will report here at 9 a. m. to-morrow for instructions.

This by order of Brigadier-General Johnson.

Your obedient servant,

E. T. WELLS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOXVILLE, January 29, 1865.

Major-General STEEDMAN,

Commanding District of the Etowah:

Am just in receipt of dispatch from Colonel Grosvenor announcing his arrival at Athens, and have requested him to assume command, and adopt such measures as he may deem best. Three hundred men sent from here arrived there before Colonel Grosvenor, and 300 more were following on second train, but were delayed by an accident. Thanks for your promptness in sending to the relief of Athens.

DAVIS TILLSON,

Brigadier-General.

CHARLESTON, January 29, 1865 - 4 a. m.

Brigadier-General CRUFT,

Commanding Provisional Division:

I have the honor to report that I have received dispatch from Athens. I transmit it to you:

ATHENS, [January] 28.

COMMANDERS OF POSTS, CHARLESTON, AND CLEVELAND, TENN.:

This post was attacked at 2 o'clock this evening by 300 or 400 rebels. After three hours' fighting we repulsed them. We have reliable information that they have

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