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Page 41 Chapter LI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

LEXINGTON, May 20, 1864.

Colonel BROWN,

Louisa via Catlettsburg:

Mount all the men of your command, and hold yourself in readiness to move. General Burbridge will be at you post and give additional instructions. I leave for the mountains to-day. Telegraph me at Mount Sterling if you get information between this and Monday morning next.

E. H. HOBSON,

Brigadier-General.

LEXINGTON, May 20, 1864.

Colonel C. S. HOBSON:

Send courier to Irvine, and direct the remainder of your mounted force to join you Sunday at noon. Direct commanding officer of your camp at Irvine to keep his men from straggling, and hold them in readiness for any emergency. I will be in Mount Sterling to-morrow; sending you ammunition to-day.

E. H. HOBSON,

Brigadier-General.


HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE,
Memphis, Tenn., May 20, 1864.

(Via Cairo 22d. Received 2. 45 a. m. 23d.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

Chief of Staff:

The forces of Generals Forrest and Stephen D. Lee are believed to be returning to WEST Tennessee. They were in large force at Corinth four days ago. The cars run without interruption from Corinth to Mobile. I think that they are bound for Middle Tennessee and Kentucky, on a big thieving raid, and to interfere with Sherman's connections. They may intend to attack Memphis.

C. C. WASHBURN,

Major-General.


HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,
Kingston, Ga., May 20, 1864-1 p. m.

Major General C. C. WASHBURN,

Commanding District of WEST Tennessee, Memphis:

Everything is working well here. We entered Rome, Kingston, and Cassville yesterday, the enemy having retreated south of the Etowah River in the direction of Allatoona. Keep the enemy occupied in your district and press him at all points as far as your force will allow.

JAS. B. McPHERSON,

Major-General, Commanding.

(Same to General Slocum.)


HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE,

Memphis, May 20, 1864. (Received 22d.)

Major-General CANBY,

Vicksburg:

General Forrest, with from 10,000 to 12,000 men, is at Corinth and Tupelo. He has been resting for twenty days, and his horses and men are in the condition. The cars run from Mobile to Corinth, and he is drawing supplies from the line of that road. He, no doubt, has an important move on foot. I think he means to cross the Tennessee


Page 41 Chapter LI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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