HEADQUARTERS SIXTH DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS, February 8, 1865.
Respectfully forwarded for information of Major-General Wilson, commanding Cavalry Corps.
The troops immediately under my command have killed 18 and captured 12 guerrillas since my arrival here, not counting in a number of men belonging to the Tenth and Twelfth Tennessee who had deserted and become guerrillas of the worst type, who have been captured and forwarded to their regiments.
R. W. JOHNSON,
HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, MIL. DIV OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Gravely Springs, Ala., February 24, 1865.
Respectfully forwarded for the information of the major-general commanding department.
J. H. WILSON,
CHATTANOOGA, February 7, 1865-10 a. m.
Brigadier General W. D. WHIPPLE,
Chief of Staff:
A citizen by the name of Watkins, who appears to be a truthful man, has just come from a point fifty-five miles southwest of Atlanta, and states that most of Hood's army passed Opelika on the 27th of January, going to Branchville, S. C., by way of Columbus, Ga. He says, also, that there is a large force of negroes, with a number of teams, at work repairing the railroad between Atlanta and the Etowah, and that these forces are guarded by a small body of cavalry. If the major-general commanding will give me a brigade of cavalry I will, with his approval, look into his reports about this force repairing the railroad, I need the cavalry to clear out the country.
J. B. STEEDMAN,
Major-General of Volunteers.
BRIDGEPORT, February 7, 1865.
Major S. B. MOVE,
I intend to leave here at 5 a. m. to-morrow, when I can have at the time the transports at my disposition. I will load near the mouth of Long Island Creek and proceed about ten or twelve miles toward Raccoon Mountains, southeast from the river. Expect to be two days out.
FELIX PR. SALM,