War of the Rebellion: Serial 103 Page 0862 KY.,S.W.VA.,TENN., N. & C.GA.,MISS.,ALA., & W.FLA.

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CINCINNATI, March 8, 1865.

Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS:

Can I join my command at Eastport by going to Paducah, or shall I come to Nashville for orders? Answer, Louisville Hotel. I go there to-night.

E. M. McCOOK,

Brigadier-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. FOURTH DIV., CAVALRY CORPS, No. 21.

MILITARY DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Gravelly Springs, Ala., March 8, 1865.

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II. Bvt. Brigadier General A. J. Alexander having reported for duty at these headquarters will, in compliance with Special Orders, No. 44, extract III, headquarters Cavalry Corps, Military Division of the Mississippi, assume command of the Second Brigade of this division.

By order of Brevet Major-General Upton:

TOM C. GILPIN,

Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

NASHVILLE, TENN., March 8, 1865.

Major General R. H. MILROY,

Tullahoma:

Did the Battles boast to you that they had never taken the oath of allegiance to the United States? The mere fact of their desire to bury their friend decently is not an act of disloyalty. The evidence which you report, however, creates a suspicion that they may have been taking advantage of their position as women and become the colleagues and associates of guerrillas-the most diabolical of all political criminals. If such be clearly the fact they must be sent beyond our lines.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

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

CHATTANOOGA, March 8, 1865.

Brigadier General W. D. WHIPPLE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Are the officers and men belonging to the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Army Corps, also Seventeenth and Twentieth Army Corps, on duty here by department detail, to accompany General Cruft's command?

JAS. B. STEEDMAN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF THE ETOWAH,

Chattanooga, March 8, 1865.

Colonel WILLIAM E. MERRILL,

Chief Engineer, Department of the Cumberland, Chattanooga:

COLONEL: The general directs me to say that by direction of Major-General Thomas the Fourteenth, Eighteenth, Forty-second, and Forty-fourth U. S. Colored Regiments have been organized into a brigade,