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place I wish you to have a special train of six passenger cars awaiting their arrival, with arrangements with the railroad authorities for the right of way for this special train through to Washington City. Keep quiet the object of engaging the special train, but it must be at Parkersburg on Friday next to await the arrival of Captain La Motte, Thirteenth U. S. Infantry, who will give further orders to the conductor. Acknowledge receipt.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, U. S. Army, Commanding.

LOUISVILLE, May 15, 1865.

Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS, U. S. Army:

Can arrange to put the party through by special train if twelve hours' notice is given. General Palmer thinks you should communicate with him. Will you send through escort from Nashville?

R. ALLEN,

Brigadier-General.

LOUISVILLE, May 15, 1865.

Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS, U. S. Army:

Second dispatch received. Will prepare transportation by the way of Parkersburg in due season.

ROBT. ALLEN,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, May 15, 1865.

Brigadier General J. L. DONALDSON,

Chief Quartermaster, Department of the Cumberland:

GENERAL: Information has just been received that Govan's brigade, Johnston's army, will arrive at Greeneville to-morrow on its way to Arkansas and Texas. The command has been ordered to halt at Greeneville until notice is sent from here that a steam-boat is ready to take them from here to Arkansas. The major-general commanding directs that you provide a steam-boat for this purpose. I have not been informed of the strength of the brigade, but have asked. When I learn this, I will inform you.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. D. WHIPPLE,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF FORTIFICATIONS, MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Nashville, Tenn., May 15, 1865.

Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS,

Commanding Mil. Div. of the Miss. West of Alleghany Mountains:

I have the honor to submit the following inspection report of the Defenses of Nashville:

DEFENSES OF NASHVILLE.

Nashville was first occupied by the U. S. army in March, 1862. General Morton, then captain, U. S. Corps of Engineers, commenced forti-