become a hopeless one, is continued. No false pride, no petty ambition, no improper motives whatever, must sever them from the straight line of duty. I wish you to assure them that I can say, in perfect sincerity, with fullest knowledge of our positions and chances, and with an unabated confidence in the justice of our cause, that we have but one course to take, and that is to manfully and honorably meet our responsibilities as soldiers and citizens. That course I have already indicated. By pursuing it, we will obtain the best conditions ever granted to the unfortunate side in an appeal to arms for a settlement of national differences-even our enemies will respect our manliness and consistency and do justice to our motives.
Your obedient servant,
DEMOPOLIS, May 3, 1865-3 p. m.
Captain W. F. BULLOCK, Jr.,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Meridian, Miss.:
Lieutenant Manning reports from Claiborne last evening that five transports passed down that day loaded with cotton, a large part of its from that place. A gun-boat passed up. No boats in Tombigbee. Flag not yet returned from Selma.
Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Post.
HEADQUARTERS FORREST'S CAVALRY CORPS,
Gainesville, May 3, 1865.
Brigadier General W. H. JACKSON,
GENERAL: The lieutenant-general directs that you will meet him at these headquarters to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock.
J. P. STRANGE,
Abstract from field return of Bell's brigade, Jackson's division, of Forrest's Cavalry Corps, Army of Tennessee, Brigadier General Tyree H. Bell, C. S. Army, commanding, for May 3, 1865.
Command. Officers. Men. Effective Aggregate Aggregat
total present. e
Staff 8 ......... ......... 8 8
Escort 2 43 43 45 46
9th 22 281 257 313 508
10th and 30 282 207 355 592
19th and 29 217 217 283 428
2nd and 31 317 260 423 641
Total 122 1,140 984 1,427 2,223