Mobile is being moved up the Alabama River. These are the only indications I can learn of the evacuation of Mobile.
P. S. - Hood passed through Mobile on last Thursday, en route to Richmond. Frank Gardner is under arrest and being tried by general court-martial in Mobile for drunkenness.
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST FLORIDA,
Barrancas, February 3, 1865.
Lieutenant Colonel C. T. CHRISTENSEN,
Military Division of West Mississippi, New Orleans, La.:
COLONEL: I have the honor to report the arrival in this district since my communication of February 1, the following regiments, viz: Ninety-seventh Illinois Infantry, Sixty-ninth Indiana Infantry.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
THO. J. MCKEAN,
Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding District.
CITY POINT, VA., February 4, 1865 - 1 p. m.
General Thomas may send all the troops ordered before forwarding transportation, except such as can be carried along without delaying the movement. About half the transportation of the troops going to Canby should follow as rapidly as possible.
U. S. GRANT,
[FEBRUARY 4, 1865. - For Halleck to Grant, relative to jurisdiction over the east bank of the Mississippi River, see Vol. XLVIII, Part I, p. 736.]
WASHINGTON, D. C., February 4, 1865 - 10 a. m.
General Grant does not deem it advisable for you to send more cavalry to General Canby than first ordered, say 4,000 or 5,000. Canby has many dismounted men, for whom we will send horses as early as possible.
H. W. HALLECK,
Major-General and Chief of Staff.