SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE, No. 49. Nashville, Tenn., February 27, 1865.
I. The One hundred and fifty second Illinois Volunteer Infantry, having been assigned to this command in pursuance of orders from department headquarters, will proceed by rail to Tullahoma and report to Major-General Milroy.
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By command of Major-General Rousseau:
B. H. POLK,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Nashville, February 28, 1865-9 p.m. [Received 11.50 p.m.]
Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT,
City Point, Va.:
Have just heard from General Canby that his cavalry will start from Vicksburg on the 5th of March. General Wilson is now ready, and I will give him instructions to start from Eastport about the same date as the cavalry from Vicksburg starts.
GEO. H. THOMAS,
Major-General, U. S. Army, Commanding.
CITY POINT, VA., February 28, 1865-11.30 p.m. [Received 12.50 a.m. March 1.]
I think your precaution in sending the Fourth Corps to Knoxville a good one. I also approve of sending the new troops to Chattanooga. Eastport must be held, particularly whilst troops are operating in Alabama.
U. S. GRANT,
WASHINGTON, February 28, 1865-4.10 p.m.
Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS:
Requisitions from New Orleans call for forage for 25,000 animals, reported there to be on their way from your army to New Orleans. Other information here is that the number is 9,000 only. The difference is costly. What are the true numbers?
M. C. MEIGS,
NASHVILLE, TENN., February 28, 1865-9 p.m. [Received 11.45 p.m.]
Bvt. Major General M. C. MEIGS,
Quartermaster-General, U. S. Army:
Your telegram of 4.10 p.m. to-day received. I am informed by General Grant that the infantry sent from my command went to New