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COLUMBIA, February 16, 1865.

Major WILLETT,

City Inspector Railroad Defenses, Dept. of the Cumberland:

Eight cars of the passenger train were captured at 9 o'clock this morning by the rebels at Spring Hill.

A. KRAMER,

Lieutenant and Assistant Inspector Railroad Defenses.

NASHVILLE, February 16, 1865.

Brigadier General R. W. JOHNSTON,

Pulaski:

Have you heard of the capture of the passenger train at Spring Hill this morning?

WM. D. WHIPPLE,

Brigadier-General.

PULASKI, February 16, 1865.

Brigadier General W. D. WHIPPLE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Have heard nothing of capture of train. Have 125 mounted me at Columbia. Will send out at once.

R. W. JOHNSON,

Brigadier-General.

PULASKI, February 16, 1865-2.45 p. m.

Major B. H. POLK,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

A lieutenant, a deserter from the Eleventh Tennessee Cavalry, left Forrest's headquarters, at Verona, Miss., Saturday. He was then making his arrangements to move his headquarters to Macon, Ga. Cheatham and Steward have certainly gone to South Carolina, and he thinks Lee has gone also. Dick Taylor has only 12,000 men left out of 42,000 that Hood brought into Tennessee. Great demoralization and many are deserting.

R. W. JOHNSON,

Brigadier-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEFENSES NASHVILLE AND CHATTANOOGA RAILROAD, 35. Tullahoma, February 16, 1865.

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By command of Major-General Milroy:

J O. CRAVENS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.