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transport this force with as little delay as possible. The whole force will number about 30,000 men, and there will also be from 20,000 to 25,000 animals. They will need to be supplied with forage and subsistence stores to take them from this point to New Orleans, and it is advisable that you send a sufficient supply by steamers here to carry them to New Orleans. They will embark here as rapidly as transportation can be furnished them.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, U. S. Army, Commanding.

ATHENS, January 30, 1865 - 9.40 a. m.

Major MOE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

My scouts have returned. It is certain there is no enemy on this side of the mountain. I shall return at once to Chattanooga, and will call for orders at Charleston from you.

C. H. GROSVENOR,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF EAST TENNESSEE AND FOURTH DIVISION, TWENTY-THIRD ARMY CORPS,

Knoxville, Tenn., January 30, 1865.

Captain STEVENSON,

Second Ohio Heavy Artillery, Athens, Tenn.:

Your dispatch received. Your command and that of Captain Roberts will remain at Athens until further orders, probably for a few days, until all damage is repaired. If it is possible to pursue the enemy by pressing horses, with any hopes of recapturing Major McGaughy and his men, do so at once.

DAVIS TILLSON,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding District and Division.

LEXINGTON, KY., January 30, 1865.

Colonel H. M. BUCKLEY,

Eminence, Ky.:

A squad of guerrillas, about thirty-five in number, all dressed in Federal uniform, are prowling around the country. Were in Danville yesterday. Represent themselves as belonging to Fourth Missouri Cavalry. No such troops in the State. Notify your posts of this. Keep a good lookout for them.

By order of Brigadier-General Hobson:

THOS. A. HOWES,

Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

LEXINGTON, KY., January 30, 1865.

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Paris, Ky.:

A band of guerrillas dressed in Federal uniform, claiming to belong to Fourth Missouri Cavalry, was broken up yesterday near Harrods