their capture, as required by circular issued to corps commanders December 29, 1864. This will be the latest opportunity afforded them to report, and it is expected they will be sent forward promptly. Please report their starting and number from Huntsville by telegraph.
R. H. RAMSEY,
CAIRO, ILL., February 8, 1865-2 p. m. (Received 5 p. m.)
Honorable EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War:
I arrived at 1 p. m. with two divisions of my command. Will coal and take on board supplies and leave for my destination. My other command follows me. I am now without a heading or identity for my command. Unless I receive a number or a name for my command, I must style myself the Wandering Tribe of Israel. Please telegraph me immediately and give me a number.
A. J. SMITH,
WASHINGTON, D. C., February 8, 1865-6.50 p. m.
Major General A. J. SMITH,
Continue on in your exodus as the Wandering Tribe of Israel. On reaching the land of Canby you will have a number and a name.
H. W. HALLECK,
Major-General and Chief of Staff.
HDQRS. FIRST DIV., DETACH. ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, On Board Steamer Diadem, Cairo, Ill., February 8, 1865.
Lieutenant Colonel S. P. JENSISON,
Commanding First Brigade:
SIR: The general commanding directs that you draw rations for your command to include the 20th instant; that you coal your boats and be in readiness to proceed down the river.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. H. F. RANDALL,
(Same to Colonel L. F. Hubbard, commanding Second Brigade, and Lieutenant Colonel W. H. Heath, commanding Third Brigade.)
HDQRS. FIFTH DIV., CAVALRY CORPS, MILITARY DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Numbers 11.
Eastport, Miss., February 8, 1865.
I. Lieutenant Colonel R. H. Brown, Twelfth Missouri Cavalry, is hereby relieved form duty as commanding officer First Brigade, Fifth Division, and he will direct the officers of his staff to report to Colonel Oliver Wells,