a most minute sounding for eight hours only three feet of water could be found, while the Matamoras was drawing four and a half. Major McEntee, chief quartermaster of General Steele's column, who was in charge of the boat, then proceeded on horseback to General Steele for further instructions, and I will meanwhile hold the boat with the supplies in readiness to start at a moment's notice. In my opinion, Milton, Fla., would be the proper place to land the supplies, to be transported from there by wagons, under cavalry escort, on the Milton and Pollard road, which is reported a good one, to General Steele's command.
I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
NASHVILLE, [March] 27, 1865.
Cairo or Memphis:
L. H. Eicholtz, chief engineer, telegraphs that the road (East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad) is open to Bull's Gap, and he is preparing to go three miles farther to Lick Creek. He wants to know if he shall proceed further with the repairs. General Stanley's headquarters are at Bull's Gap.
Major and Asistant Adjutant-General.
SPECIAL ORDERS, WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 147.
Washington, March 27, 1865.
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80. Brigadier General H. B. Carrington, U. S. Volunteers, is relieved from duty at Indianapolis, Ind., and will report in person without delay to Major-General Thomas, commanding Department of the Cumberland.
81. Bvt. Major General A. P. Hovey, U. S. Volunteers, in addition to his duties as district commander, is assigned to command of the Draft Rendezvous, Prisoners' Camp, and other camps in and around Indianapolis.
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By order of the Secretary of War:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS,
Lick Creek, East Tenn., March 27, 1865 - 10 p. m.
Captain H. E. STANSBURY,
Send all of General Elliott's troops by railroad to Rogersville Junction, where they will disembark. Unship all of the transportation at Knoxville and send it with guard to Rogersville Junction.
By order of Major-General Stanley:
J. S. FULLERTON,
Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.
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