CIRCULAR.] HDQRS. CAV. CORPS, MIL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
Macon, May 1, 1865.
Division commanders are directed to take additional precaution to prevent marauding. The pickets must be strengthened, the vedette line doubled, patrols continually kept moving, and roll-calls ordered. Continual complaints from the citizens reach headquarters, and marauding must be stopped at once by resorting to the severest measures that division commanders may see fit to adopt.
By command of Brevet Major-General Wilson:
E. B. BEAUMONT,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
EASTPORT, MISS., [May] 1, 1865.
Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS,
Commanding Department of the Cumberland:
Information received through rebel deserters and citizens going North to live is as follows. I give it for what it is worth: They report that Forrest's command of cavalry, with the exception of his own regiment, was not in the fight at Selma; that Forrest, with the Mississippi State militia, and what militia he can draw from Alabama, intends attacking this place and then moving upon Memphis, Tenn. As the Secesh citizens inside my lines are very anxious to leave, there may be some truth in the rumor. There are from 1,200 to 1,500 rebel troops at Bladwyn. I have 500 men out watching for Jeff. Davis.
HUNTSVILLE, May 1, 1865.
Brigadier General WILLIAM D. WHIPPLE,
Chief of Staff:
Your dispatch received at Decatur last evening. A number of paroled rebel soldiers who live in North Alabama are arriving. Will they be allowed to remain?
R. S. GRANGER,
NASHVILLE, May 1, 1865.
Brigadier General R. S. GRANGER,
Commanding Post of Huntsville:
Your dispatch just received. All paroled rebel soldiers who live in North Alabama now arriving there will be permitted to remain.
WM. D. WHIPPLE,
Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Nashville, May 1, 1865-8 a. m.
Send a summons, under flag of truce, to all and every band of armed men in your vicinity or which you may know of, who are operating nearer to yours than any other command, and call upon them to surrender to you, or any other officer you may name for that purpose, upon the same