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HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

Mobile, Ala., May 3, 1865.

Brevet Major-General GRIERSON,

Commanding Cavalry Division:

SIR: Major-General Steele having been ordered to return to this city, with the troops belonging to his immediate command, you will, until otherwise advised, report for orders to Major General A. J. Smith, commanding Sixteenth Army Corps.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

COLUMBUS, GA., May 3, 1865.

General GRIERSON:

General Wilson promised, that if my forces were not sufficient to suppress marauding parties in my vicinity during the present armistice, to furnish me a force to co-operate with him of that purpose. Can you do the same immediately, until I can get a courier to him? A strong force is necessary at this post to suppress riot and preserve public stores as well as private.

J. C. COLE,

Colonel, Commanding Post.

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,

Washington, D. C., May 4, 1865. (Received 9.50 a. m.)

Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS,

Nashville, Tenn.:

You will order all work on the railroad between Knoxville and Bristol discontinued.

By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:

JNO. A. RAWLINS,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS,

Nashville, May 4, 1865-12 m. (Received 6.45 p. m.)

Brigadier General JOHN A. RAWLINS,

Chief of Staff:

Telegraphic order to discontinue repairs on East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad received and instructions issued accordingly.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

Nashville, May 4, 1865-10 p. m. (Received 1 a. m. 5th.)

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

Do you think it advisable to repair the railroad to Atlanta? It may prove useful in holding control over the country.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General.