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HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,

Washington, D. C., March 6, 1865.

Colonel VINCENT,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: The chief of staff requests that you inform him how many troops have been forwarded to Major-General Thomas since January 1, 1865. Your reports of the new organizations which have been forwarded have been received, but the number of troops was not stated.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. C. KELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Indorsement.]

WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

March 6, 1865.

Respectfully returned. The troops forwarded General Thomas are as follows:

Officers. Men.

New organizations:

Infantry 706 18,458

Artillery, heavy 40 1,129

Total 746 19,587

Old organizations:

Drafted and substitutes - 916

Volunteers - 414

Total - 1,330

Grand total 746 20,917

Aggregate, 21,663.

The number for new organizations is taken from telegram reports to date; for old, from tri-monthly reports, to include February 20.

THOMAS. M. VINCENT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHATTANOOGA, March 6, 1865.

Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS:

I have finished my inspection. Shall I wait for you here or return directly to Nashville? Return, inspecting fortified places on the railroad lines, or go to Knoxville?

Z. B. TOWER,

Brigadier-General.

NASHVILLE, TENN., March 6, 1865.

Brigadier-General TOWER,

Chattanooga, Tenn.:

As I am unable to say when I can start for Knoxville, you had better return to Nashville, inspecting fortifications along the road as you come on.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, U. S. Army, Commanding.

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