Department of Kentucky, headquarters at Louisville. Major G. M. Bascom, assistant adjutant-general, is temporarily assigned to duty as assistant adjutant-general of the department.
JNO. M. PALMER,
LEXINGTON, KY., February 18, 1865.
Brigadier General W. D. WHIPPLE,
In obedience to special orders from department headquarters, I have ordered the Eleventh and Twelfth Kentucky, Eleventh Michigan, and Twelfth Ohio Cavalry to report to Major-General Stoneman, at Louisville. The withdrawal of these troops the only mounted force at my disposal, leaves me entirely powerless against the bands of guerrillas that infest Kentucky.
S. G. BURBRIDGE,
WASHINGTON, D. C.,
February 18, 1865-1.30 p. m.
Major General E. R. S. CANBY,
It is not possible to ship great quantity of hay from the Atlantic to Mobile with present demands for coastwise transportation. Your forage goes down the Mississippi and should be shipped from New Orleans to any Gulf port when needed.
M. C. MAIGS,
Quartermaster-General and Brevet Major-General.
VICKSBURG, FEBRUARY 18, 1865-11 p. m.
Colonel C. T. CHRISTENSEN,
Asst. Adjt. General, Military Division of West Mississippi:
None of General Wilson's cavalry from General Thomas' army have arrived. General A. J. Smith's corps ought to get off by the [sic] of the 19th. Bearer of dispatches for General Thomas' cipher clerk passed up on Niagara at 9 p. m. this day. Your dispatch to General Wilson will be delivered upon his arrival.
Your obedient servant,
M. L. SMITH.
[FEBRUARY 18, 1865.-For General Orders, Numbers 20,, Military Division of West Mississippi, creating the Thirteenth and Sixteenth Army Corps, and assigning Major General Gordon Granger to command the former and Major General A. J. Smith to command the latter, see Vol. LLVIII,
Part I, p. 891.]
Copy of instructions furnished chiefs of artillery in the Department of the Cumberland.
HDQRS. CHIEF OF ARTY., DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Nashville, Tenn., February 19, 1865.
The major-general commanding the department desires that you make a monthly inspection of the artillery within your district and report the