[FEBRUARY 22, 1865.-For order directing General C. C. Washburn to report by letter to General George H. Thomas for assignment to command of the District of West Tennessee, see Vol. XLVIII, Part I, p.947.]
SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND, Numbers 47. Nashville, Tenn., February 22, 1865.
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IV. The One hundred and forty-fifth Indiana Infantry will proceed on the 23rd instant to Chattanooga, Tenn., and report to Major General James B. Steedman, commanding District of the Etowah, to whose command it is 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.
CITY POINT, VA., February 22, 1865-11 p.m.
Major General G. H. THOMAS,
I have it from good authority that orders have gone from Richmond to the commander at Mobile to hold that city to the last. This will cause a concentration of the rebel forces in that quarter, and make your cavalry expedition effective and easy, and will tend in the end to secure all we want without a long march into the interior by our infantry forces.
U. S. GRANT,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Eastport, Miss., February 22, 1865-12.30 p.m.
Major General J. H. WILSON,
Commanding Cavalry Corps, Mil. Div. of the Mississippi,
Gravelly Springs, Ala.:
GENERAL: The major-General commanding directs me to say that he desires to see you at this place as soon as you can reach here. We have just arrived, and the general would like to see you at once.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
ROBT. H. RAMSEY,
NASHVILLE, February 22, 1865.
Major General J. B. STEEDMAN,
Commanding District of the Etowah:
The One hundred and forty-ninth Illinois and the One hundred and forty-fifth Indiana Regiments, say, 1,700 men, have been sent to you, so you can relieve and send to General Sherman the troops of the