distributed to the people of Northern Alabama and Mississippi? Nearly all the guerrilla bands of this vicinity have surrendered. We have killed the most of the band under Lewellen, which I believe is the only one not surrendered, and have killed Lewellen.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Nashville, May 20, 1865.
Brigadier General EDWARD HATCH,
You are authorized to direct the disposition equitably between all the destitute or distressed families of North Mississippi and Alabama of all Confederate corn now in that country. Say to the holders that they disposed of it to their Government and have no right to it whatever, and should be thankful that the United States Government elects to distribute this corn rather than to require them to divide with the poor of their section what of subsistence they will have in their private possession.
GEO. H. THOMAS,
Major-General, U. S. Army, Commanding.
HDQRS. 2nd Brigadier, 4TH DIV., DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND,
AND POST AND DEFENSES OF KNOXVILLE,
Knoxville, Tenn., May 20, 1865.
Captain J. E. DRESBACH,
Second Ohio Heavy Artillery, Commanding Company C:
CAPTAIN: Your company having been detailed to proceed in pursuit of the party of rebel officers, which were permitted through the gross neglect of the guards to pass through the town unmolested this morning, you are informed that they must be overtaken and arrested at all hazards, and in order to do so you are directed to mount such number of your men as may be necessary, by taking horses from persons living along the road the party has taken. If you need supplies, you will take them from the country, and give proper vouchers thereof, as well as for such animals as you may from any accident be unable to return to the owners.
By command of Colonel H. G. Gibson:
W. S. BRADFORD,
First Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
NASHVILLE, May 20, 1865.
Bvt. Brigadier General WILLIAM J. PALMER,
Commanding Cav. Div., Dist. of East Tenn., Guntersville, Ga.:
You will immediately order the Fifteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry to this place and the rest of your command to report to Major-General Stoneman, at Knoxville, Tenn.