HEADQUARTERS EAST DIVISION, DISTRICT OF THE GULF,
Blakely, March 11, 1865-5.15 p. m.
General D. H. MAURY,
Colonel Ball, commanding at Canoe Station, telegraphs the following:
The following information from below: Steele command, with Asboth, Andrews, and Davis, 18,000 infantry, four regiments cavalry; two landed last Sunday. there are thirteen negro regiments, amounting to 8,000. The rest white. The enemy expected to start by the 11th, and to strike this road between Williams' Station and Pollard. No information of their movements after this. Other re-enforcements were expected. This dates from the 7th of March.
ST. JNO. R. LIDDELL,
HDQRS. CHALMERS' DIVISION CAVALRY, Numbers 32.
Columbus, March 11, 1865.
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V. Captain Thomas W. Golding, Company E, Eighth Confederate Regiment, will report to Colonel W. B. Wade for duty.
VI. Captain Ford, commanding detachment Seventh Mississippi Cavalry, will move immediately his command to this place and report at these headquarters. He will give the courier a receipt for this order.
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By order of Brigadier-General Chalmers:
W. A. GOODMAN,
MERIDIAN, March 11, 1865.
General DAN. ADAMS,
Selma or Montevallo:
Following conveyed for information of officers and soldier concerned: General Beauregard relieved from command of Military Division of the West. General Johnston commands late departments of Hood and Hardee; also as far as yet known Army of Tennessee. General Taylor retains present command, reporting to War Department and General Lee.
(Same to General Wirt Adams.)
MERIDIAN, March 12, 1865.
Governor T. H. WATTS, Montgomery, Ala.:
Have just returned from West Point. Thomas reported advancing from north with Fourth Corps and about 12,000 cavalry. General Maury reports enemy moving on Mobile from Pensacola by land, aided by his fleet, with some 30,000 troops. Upon these movements depend the occupation of Alabama and Mississippi. Having foreseen them I have made very preparation for resisting them that our means permitted,and regret that Alabama and Mississippi have been unable to aid me more. Have ordered all cotton in Mobile, some 20,000 bales, to be burnt.
(Same to Governor Clark, of Mississippi.)