and the battery marches to Montevallo to-night, that will have been fifty-six miles yesterday and to-day. Please answer by bearer.
I am, major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding Division.
HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, MIL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Cahawba River, March 31, 1865.
Bvt. Major General E. UPTON,
Commanding Fourth Division, Cavalry Corps:
GENERAL: General Wilson directs me to inform you that the command is closing up. The First and Second Divisions are a short distance from the river and will join you in the course of the day. General Wilson wishes you to keep scouting parties well out to learn all information possible regarding the enemy's movements and to hold your command in readiness to make a short march this afternoon.
By command of Brevet Major-General Wilson:
E. B. BEAUMONT,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HDQRS. 4TH DIV., CAVALRY CORPS, MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Numbers 39.
March 31, 1865.
The division will move to-morrow morning at 5.30 in the following order; Second Brigade, battery following the brigade; First Brigade. General Winslow is charged with the protection of the train.
By order of Brevet Major-General Upton:
JAMES W. LATTA,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Nashville, March 31, 1865.
Brigadier General E. HATCH,
If your information that the rebels are taking advantage of my permission to operate the Mobile and Ohio Railroad to send forage and subsistence to Corinth for their troops [be correct], the road must be destroyed. Send the above information to Doctor Fitzhugh, at Burnsville, and Judge Hill, at Jacinto, and inform them that I shall hold them responsible that the railroad is used for no other purpose than that petitioned for by them. Spencer carbines and horses will be forwarded to you whenever they can be procured. You must see that General Wilson's surplus transportation is property taken care of and not used for the benefit of the people of North Alabama. Rumors reach me that there is smuggling going on across the lines. Take steps to ascertain and arrest all parties engaged in the business. You will have to keep a sharp lookout for Forrest. He is, as you know, a tricky fellow.
GEO. H. THOMAS,
Major-General, U. S. Army, Commanding.