COLUMBUS, October 4, 1864.
(Received 5 p. m.)
Brigadier General E. D. TOWNSEND:
Have just received your dispatch* directing me to proceed to Indianapolis. General Hovey reports that the affairs in Orange and Crawford Counties are not as important as represented by Captain Meriweather, and that the danger in that locality has now, he thinks, passed.
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,
New Orleans, La., October 6, 1864.
Brigadier General A. ASBOTH,
Commanding District of West Florida, Barrancas, Fla.:
GENERAL: I am instructed by the major-general commanding to acknowledge the receipt of your reports+ of the 23rd of September and 1st instant, the latter giving a highly interesting account of your gallant and successful engagement at Marianna, Fla., on the 27th ultimo. He desires heartily to congratulate you and the officers and men who shared your dangers and honors, and to express his appreciation of the endurance, energy, and gallantry displayed.
I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
C. T. CHRISTENSEN,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.
October 7, 1864--11 a. m.
Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Tennessee:
COLONEL: I am at Powder Springs. Enemy left last evening in direction of Dallas. I am marching now for Pumpkin Vine and road south of Dallas. I would respectfully suggest that the infantry be pushed in the direction of Dallas to protect my right. Hood's infantry, I learn, is massed to the right of Dallas. Forage in abundance on this side Noyes' Creek.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT AND FIELD ORDERS,
ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, Numbers 17.
Kolb's Farm, Ga., October 7, 1864.
During the temporary absence of Lieutenant Colonel William E. Strong, inspector-general, Department and Army of the Tennessee, Lieutenant Colonel C. H. Howard, senior aide, staff of the major-general commanding, will act as inspector-general of the army in the field and will be obeyed and respected accordingly.
By order of Major General O. O. Howard:
WM. T. CLARK,
*See VOL. XXXIX, Part III, p. 85.
+See VOL. XXXV, Part I, pp. 443-444.