JAMES HILL'S, SR., March 31, 1865-8.45 p. m.
MAJOR: I find the enemy encamped on Huntsville and Tuscaloosa road at White's, three miles from point where Huntsville road comes into Tuscallosa road and six miles from this place. Their strength not yet ascertained. I am closing around them with the view of attacking at daylight in the morning, which I prefer if they remain till that hour, or, if they move, to-night, and will drive into them. I am placing a force between them and Tuscaloosa. Have also directed Colonel Cox, who is in charge of artillery and train, and some fifteen miles from here, that in case I do not gain their front and they advance on Tuscaloosa, to fall back before them, impeding their progress; to notify Colonel Hardcastle, commanding post, to have everything in readiness to meet them, and to tear up planks on the bridge and remove them, nothing preventing. All appears bright, and I expect success.
W. H. JACKSON,
HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS, MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Centerville, Ala., April 1, 1865-3 p. m.
Major E. B. BEAUMONT,
Asst. Adjt. General, Cavalry Corps, Mil. Div. of the Mississippi:
I have arrived at this place and found the bridge all right. There was only a small squad of the enemy in the town. Can hear nothing of General Croxton. Will move on toward Tuscaloosa in accordance with your orders.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
E. M. McCOOK,
Brigadier General, Commanding First Div., Cav. Corps, Mil. Div. of the Miss.
P. S.-Will join you as soon as possible.
HDQRS. 4TH DIV., CAVALRY CORPS, ORDERS,
MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Numbers 42.
Plantersville, Ala., April 1, 1865.
This command will move to-morrow morning at 9 o'clock in the following order: First Brigade and battery, Second Brigade.
By order of Brevet Major-General Upton:
JAMES W. LATTA,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Nashville, Tenn., April 1, 1865-10.30 a. m.
Brigadier General E. HATCH,
Be careful not to expose your camp to capture by detailing too strongly from your command for expeditions. Use the utmost vigilance in preserving the condition of the animals which will be sent you, and