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from these headquarters. All officers and men detached from their commands by other not superior authority will be immediately returned to duty with their respective regiments. Reports and returns and requisition for other than engineer supplies will be made as heretofore. The regimental commanders will receive their orders for duty through Captain J. C. Palfrey, U. S. Engineers, chief engineer.

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By command of Major-General Granger:

F. W. EMERY,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND, Numbers 43. Nashville, Tenn., February 18, 1865.

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XII. The One hundred and forty-ninth Illinois Infantry will proceed at once to Chattanooga, Tenn., and report to Major General J. B. Steedman, commanding District of the Etowah, to whose command it is hereby assigned. The quartermaster's department will furnish transportation.

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By command of Major-General Thomas:

HENRY M. CIST,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, MIL. DIV OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

Gravelly Springs, [February] 18, 1865. (Received 22nd.)

Brigadier General W. D. WHIPPLE,

Chief of Staff, Department of the Cumberland:

Deserters and citizens report Forrest's force moving southward, via Buena Vista, to Grenada and Canton, headquarters to be at the latter place. Movement began Monday. This report comes in from various sources. I shall take steps to ascertain its truth. If the movement of sources. I shall take steps to ascertain its truth. If the movement of troops toward New Orleans has been discovered, the intention of Forest is clear enough and the report probable. The condition of my own command is steadily improving.

J. H. WILSON,

Brevet Major-General.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, MIL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

Gravelly Springs, Ala., February 18, 1865.

Brigadier General J. T. CROXTON,

Commanding First Division:

GENERAL: General Wilson directs me to inform you that deserters and citizens report Forrest's force moving southward, via Buena Vista, to Grenada and Canton. Forrest's headquarters to be at Vanton. The general desires that you will take such measures as you deem necessary to ascertain the truth of this report.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. B. BEAUMONT,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.