MERIDIAN, January 27, 1865.
Holtzclaw's brigade left here last night for Mobile. Report your action in this case soon as possible.
By order of Lieutenant-General Taylor:
W. F. BULLOCK, Jr.,
GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPT. OF ALA., MISS., AND EAST LA., Numbers 6.
Meridian, Miss., January 27, 1865.
I. Major General N. B. Forrest is hereby assigned to the command of the District of Mississippi and East Louisiana, which he is authorized to subdivide at his discretion.
II. Until General Forrest can reach the district headquarters and issue orders relative to the organization of his command, the present sub-district commanders will report to these headquarters.
By command of Lieutenant-General Taylor:
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.
VERONA, January 27, 1865.
Brigadier General J. R. CHALMERS:
After you establish your headquarters at West Point establish courier-lines from West Point to Grenada direct and not via Houston.
N. B. FORREST,
CAMP NEAR MOULTON, January 27, 1865.
(Via Verona 31st.)
Brigadier General W. H. JACKSON,
Yours of 20th just received, and orders are issued at once to establish the line, which will be complete by the time this reaches you. It will be difficult to get subsistence for couriers on the line unless it be sent up from the railroad. Enemy at Huntsville are getting supplies together. Say they will move south at early day via Tuscaloosa and to Selma. The Fourth Army Corps, General Wood commanding, are in camp at Huntsville; the railroad being guarded by cavalry from Decatur to Huntsville. Bridge timbers are being delivered at Decatur to build railroad bridge. Infantry force between Huntsville and Stevenson variously estimated at from 10,000 to 18,000.
P. D. RODDEY,
MONTGOMERY, ALA., January 28, 1865.
Lieutenant General R. TAYLOR,
Please send the names of such of General Hood's staff who have been ordered to report to these headquarters. General Beauregard desires, if you can spare Colonel Harvie, inspector-general, to order him to report to him at Augusta.
GEO. WM. BRENT,
Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.