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HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, Mobile, Ala., May 5, 1865.

Brigadier General JOSEPH BAILEY,

Commanding Cavalry Force, Mobile:

The general-in-chief directs that you take up the line of march on Monday morning and proceed in rapid marches, without injuring your men and stock, to Baton Rouge. There you will procure water transportation and join General West, near New Orleans, as soon as possible. The bridge train accompanying your column is to be towed down the river from Baton Rouge immediately after your arrival there, and the officer who takes charge of it will, on his landing at New Orleans, report to the headquarters Military Division of West Mississippi. The strictest discipline must be enforced on this march. The men must consider themselves the protectors of the people east of the Mississippi, and desist from everything to excite them or molest them unnecessarily. All unwarranted individual foraging must be peremptorily stopped, and the officers made strictly responsible for the acts of their inferiors.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

P. JOS. OSTERHAUS,

Chief of Staff.

EXECUTIVE OFFICE, TREASURY BUILDING, Washington, May 6, 1865.

Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS,

Commanding Department of the Cumberland, Nashville, Tenn.:

Citizens of Tennessee inform me that passes are still required from Louisville to Nashville. Could they not be dispensed with?

ANDREW JOHNSON,

President of the United States.

NASHVILLE, TENN., May 6, 1865. [Received 11.10 p.m.]

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:

Orders have been given no longer to require passes of persons wishing to come to Nashville from Louisville.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General.

WASHINGTON, D. C., May 6, 1865-4 p.m.

Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS,

Nashville, Tenn.:

Please send such cavalry as you can spare, not exceeding a full brigade, to Major General John Pope, commanding Military Division of the Missouri.

By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:

JNO. A. RAWLINS,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.