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together to operate in Kentucky. Colonel Johnson killed seven; Major Wolfley, with a detachment of the Eighty-third Illinois, is not in yet; reported that he has finished them, which I think is true. An officer before dying told Colonel Johnson there were several companies organizing near Paris, Tenn., to come over. Will attend to them. Colonel Malone is to surrender to me on Monday next at Russellville.


Brevet Brigadier-General, Commanding.


Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS,

Commanding Department of the Cumberland:

GENERAL: Your dispatch of the 4th is received. I had already taken steps for the capture of Jeff. Davis. On the 29th instant I sent Brevet Brigadier-General Osband, with the Third U. S.[colored] Cavalry, to Vicksburg. A copy of my order I inclose, with a copy of my letter to General Dana. I have now scouts out in all directions. On the 25th day of April I received a communication from Brigadier General Marcus J. Wright, C. S. Army, of which I inclose a copy, and of my answer. On the 1st instant I received another letter from General Wright, of which I also inclose a copy, and of my answer.

I am, general, your obedient servant,



[Inclosure No. 1.] SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE, No. 111. Memphis, Tenn., April 29, 1865.

I. Bvt. Brigadier General E. D. Osband, with the Third U. S. [colored] Cavalry, will proceed at once to Vicksburg and report to Major General N. J. T. Dana, commanding Department of Mississippi, for orders, with a view of intercepting and capturing Jeff. Davis, his escort, and train. Having accomplished the object contemplated, or being satisfied that he has escaped, he will report back here. The quartermaster's department will furnish transportation.

By order of Major General C. C. Washburn:


Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Inclosure No. 2.] HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE, Memphis, Tenn., April 29, 1865.

Major General N. J. T. DANA,

Commanding Department of Mississippi:

GENERAL: In view of the probable fact that Jeff. Davis will attempt to cross the Mississippi between Vicksburg and New Orleans, I send you the Third U. S. Colored Cavalry, under Brevet Brigadier-General Osband. By reason of the overflowed condition of the country from Vicksburg to this point, it seems rather improbable that he will attempt to cross above Vicksburg, though it would not be strange if he should run out of the Yazoo, as he could easily seize one or all of the numer-