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them to be vouched for by reliable Union men, and that the persons so taking the oath be permitted to remain in the District of Northern Alabama, but north of the Tennessee River. I have no doubt many could be brought in in this way.

R. S. GRANGER,

Brigadier-General.

DECATUR, February 11, 1865-11 a. m.

Brigadier-General WHIPPLE:

(Through General Rousseau.)

Prepositions have been made to me by reliable parties to raise companies of men in the mountains south of here for our service as home guards. Three hundred men could be organized in this way. Could I be authorized to give them assurance of support from us if they are hard pressed and obliged to fall back o n this point, and such other assistance as I may deem safe? I receive this information form my scouts, perfectly reliable men, who have given me all the information sent by me to the general commanding.

R. S. GRANGER,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS, Huntsville, Ala., February 11, 1865.

Major-General STEEDMAN,

Chattanooga, Tenn.:

The Fifteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry returned from scout some days since. Colonel Palmer has gone to Nashville for orders and instructions. The regiment is in camp at this place.

D. S. STANLEY,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Nashville, February 11, 1865-8 p. m.

Major General GEORGE STONEMAN,

Louisville, Ky.:

I have as yet received no reply to my telegram of 10 a. m. 9th instant, from Paducah, asking you what time you would be able to get your command mounted for the proposed expedition,a nd informing you what I proposed to do to assist you in making up the force it was designed by Lieutenant-General Grant that you should take with you. Please answer immediately.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

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

LOUISVILLE, February 11, 1865.

Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS:

Major Chambliss says he thinks I can mount the regiment in twenty days. Will do all I can.

GEORGE STONEMAN,

Major-General.