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another 1,000 men to the detail already made to work at this place and at Chickasaw. Every barge suitable will be ready to be loaded, as also every steamer.

Yours, very truly,

A. J. MACKAY,

Chief Quartermaster, Army of the Cumberland.

There is three feet of water between Stewart's headquarters and the bank of the river. Stewart has not relieved his men, and very little work is being done. I assure you if the details are not managed better and the men work with a will, this large lot of forage is gone up.

MACK.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS, MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Near Waterloo, Ala., February 26, 1865-12.30 p.m.

[Major E. B. BEAUMONT,

Assistant Adjutant-General:]

MAJOR: Your communication of the 24th directing me to cross was received last night after dark. I went down this morning early to see Colonel Mackay about boats, and he informed me that he could not put anybody across now and that all the boats and barges were being loaded with the stores at Eastport, part of them being submerged already and the river still rising rapidly. Colonel Mackay is moving his stores and forage to Chickasaw Landing, and I have detailed 1,000 men, at his request, to assist.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNO. T. CROXTON,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, MIL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Gravelly Springs, Ala., February 26, 1865.

Brigadier General J. T. CROXTON,

Commanding First Division:

GENERAL: General Wilson directs me to acknowledge the receipt of your communication asking for a delay of the crossing of your division, and in reply to say it is too late now t o make the change desired. You can vacate your camps by regiment and carry on the necessary preparations for moving while the troops are crossing. Your close proximity to the crossing and the bad condition of the roads points out your command as the first to cross.

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

E. B. BEAUMONT,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, MIL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Gravelly Springs, Ala., February 26, 1865.

Colonel R. R. STEWART,

Commanding Fifth Division:

COLONEL: General Wilson desires me to say that you may take any steps you deem proper to interfere with the projected rebel muster at