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EASPORT, MISS., January 23, [1865.]

(Via Paducah, Ky., 25th.)

Major-General HALLECK,

Chief of Staff:

Believing that the efficiency of the cavalry arm serving with me will be promoted by its having a corps organization, I would recommendthat it be so organized, to be commanded by Major General J. H. Wilson, as at present.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General.

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HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, QUARTERMASTER'S FORCES,

Nashville, Tenn., January 23, 1865.

Bvt. Major General M. C. MEIGS,

Quartermaster-General U. S. Army:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report the formation of another military organization here, composed of the quartermaster's employes of the freight depot U. S. Military Railroads, under Captain S. B. Brown, assistant quartermaster. This organization has been recently completed by Captain Brown, and consists of five companies properly officered, numbering in the aggregate 413 men. It has been assigned for duty to the First Brigade of my command under the designation of the Ninth Regiment, Quartemaster's Forces, and I would respectfully ask that lettersof appointment be issued to its field and staff officers in accordance with the already established usage. The following is a list of the officers nominated for the rank annexed to their respective names: Captain S. B. Brown, assistant quartermaster, colonel; Alexander Maffet, lieutenant-colonel; G. F. Brown, major; Marion L. Wood, first lieutenant and regimental quartemaster; George S. House, first lieutenant and adjutant.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. L. DONALDSON,

Brevet Brigadier-General and Assistant Quartemaster,

Department of the Cumberland, Commanding Division.

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SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS, HDQRS. ARMY OF THE OHIO, Numbers 16.

Washington, D. C., January 31, 1865.

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V. The following orders are incorporated into and made a part of the series of orders from these headquarters, viz:

SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO, Numbers 13.

Clifton, Tenn., January 14, 1865.

I. Brigadier General N. C. McLean, U. S. Volunteers, will, in the absenceof Brigadier General J. D. Cox, U. S. Volunteers, assume command of the Third Division, Twenty-third Army Corps.

II. Brigadier General J. A. Cooper, U. S. Volunteers, will assume command of the Second Division, Twenty-third Army Corps.

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By command of Major-General Couch:

CLINTON A. CILLEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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By command of Major-General Schofield:

J. A. CAMPBELL,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

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