SPECIAL HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, FIELD ORDERS,
THIRTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 16.
Whistler, Ala., April 17, 1865.
This command will be prepared to move at 12 m. to-morrow, the 18th instant. Officers and men will be provided with rations to include the 21st instant. Sixty rounds of ammunition will be carried by the men.
By order of Brigadier General W. P. Benton:
J. D. ROUSE,
Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
In the Field, Ala., April 17, 1865.
The major-general commanding directs that the troops under his command will take up line of march to-morrow (18th) in the following order: First, cavalry at 8 a. m.; second, Third Division at 6.30 a. m.; third, pontoniers at 6.30 a. m.; fourth, First Division at 6.30 a. m.; fifth, Second Division at 9 a. m., in charge of supply train.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HDQRS. CAVALRY FORCES, MIL. DIV. OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,
Blakely, Ala., April 17, 1865.
Lieutenant Colonel C. T. CHRISTENSEN,
COLONEL: I start in the morning, God willing. Inclosed please find copy of order relieving General Knipe.* All things considered, I believe this to be for the good of the service. I also inclose you copy of letter which i have written to General West.+ I send the package for General West, which please deliver to him as soon as he arrives. I respectfully suggest that the detachment of general Lucas' brigade which is to come from Pensacola be ordered to follow us, unless its arrival should be deployed for two days from this date, when it might be ordered to report to General West until the command can be concentrated. The mail for our headquarters will be sent from New Orleans to you, and I will be under obligations if you will forward it by first opportunity. If it meets the general's approval, I think it will be well to have Captain Harrison, special inspector of cavalry, remain at New Orleans to attend to the reception and proper distribution of horses which may arrive to the dismounted troops at different points on the river.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
B. H. GRIERSON,
MOBILE, ALA., April 17, 1865.
Brevet Major-General GRIERSON,
From report of General Lucas received yesterday night and dated Claiborne, April 14, it is very doubtful whether his animals are in a
*See P. 374.
+See p. 388.