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HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Near Montgomery, Ala., May 8, 1865.

Colonel W. L. McMILLEN,

Commanding First Brigade:

COLONEL: The general commanding division directs that you have your command in readiness to march on short notice supplied with four days' rations and four days' forage. The quartermaster has been instructed to issue forthwith such articles of clothing as can be obtained at this depot. You will please instruct your command to send in their estimates as soon as possible.

I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. H. F. RANDALL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Same to Colonel Hubbard, commanding Second Brigade, and Colonel Marshall, commanding Third Brigade.)

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION,

U. S. COLORED TROOPS, Numbers 55.

Montgomery, Ala., May 8, 1865.

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III. This command will march to Centerport or Portland to-morrow morning at 5 o'clock. The troops will take five days' rations in haversacks. Sick officers and soldiers will be transported by steamers to Mobile; also any surplus stores or baggage not required by the command. Forage for three days will be taken for the animals.

By order of Brigadier General J. P. Hawkins:

SAML. B. FERGUSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. CAVALRY FORCES, MIL. DIV. OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

Montgomery, Ala., May 8, 1865.

Lieutenant Colonel C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: I arrived here yesterday with my command from Georgetwon, Ga. I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of the communication ordering me to report to General A. J. Smith. In case the cavalry here should be ordered west, I would prefer marching to Natchez or any other point on the Mississippi to embarking it upon steamers here. I respectfully request that the company of the Second New Jersey, now at Blakely, as well as the detachments of General Lucas' brigade which were at Pensacola, be ordered to join their respective regiments immediately. While at Eufaula I received dispatches from the Secretary of War, through Generals G. H. Thomas and J. H. Wilson, announcing the repudiation of the armistice by the War Department and ordering all commanders to push the enemy in every direction. I have furnished Major-General Steele with copies of these dispatches. I suppose you have received them via New Orleans. The command is in good condition and ready for operations. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. H. GRIERSON,

Brevet Major-General.