to seize either Montgomery or Selma, or both, if you find it can be done when the enemy is opposing the progress of Canby. After Canby gets to Montgomery your command will then be relieved from further operations in that quarter.
GEO. H. THOMAS,
Major-General, U. S. Army.
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS, No. 44.
MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Gravelly Springs, Ala., March 6, 1865.
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III. Bvt. Brigadier General A. J. Alexander, having reported for duty at these headquarters, is hereby assigned to the command of the Second Brigade, Fourth Division, Cavalry Corps, and will report to Brevet Major-General Upton for orders.
By command of Brevet Major-General Wilson:
E. B. BEAUMONT,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS FIFTH DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS,
MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
Eastport, Miss., March 6, 1865.
Brevet Major-General WILSON,
Major Forbes, of my command, met flag of truce from Major-General Forrest near Iuka to-day. Dispatches for Colonel Parkhurst, provost-marshal-general, Department of the Cumberland, opened by myself under instructions from Colonel Parkhurst. The prisoners for exchange will not be at Iuka earlier than the 10th, probably not until the 12th, owing to breakage of railroad by high water. Information received from my scouts as follows:
A telegram received at Rienzi says: Longstreet in front of Sherman. Hardee on his right flank. Cheatham with his corps came up in the rear of Sherman, when General Sherman turned upon him, thoroughly using Cheatham up. Forrest has about 8,000 cavalry. Taylor commands the remains of Stewart's and Lee's corps, now at Selma and near Mobile. Roddey near Tuscaloosa collecting the forces of Northern Alabama.
Very truly, your obedient servant,
MURFREESBOROUGH, March 6, 1865.
I must apologize for not having seen you this morning before I left, but the truth is I was in such a hurry to get off that I am ashamed to say I forgot to call until I had [gone] several miles on the road. I leave at once on the train that takes the horses of the Eleventh Kentucky. The cars are not here for the Twelfth Kentucky, but have been sent for, and I hope the regiment will get off to-night.