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all military command; that you were ordered to Cairo to report, by letter, to the Adjutant-General of the Army, but were not authorized to assume command of that place or any other.


Major-General and Chief of Staff.

CAIRO, ILL., May 1, 1864-11. 15 p. m.

General LEGGETT:

Telegraphic information just received is that Paducah will probably be attacked in force in the morning. The Sunshine or some other boat with troops must go to-night, and you should push forward quickly all you can.



Cairo, Ill., May 1, 1864.

Brigadier General J. W. DAVIDSON,

Commanding Cavalry Bureau, Saint Louis, Mo.:

GENERAL: I am instructed by Major-General Sherman (by telegraph) to direct that all the cavalry regiments at Saint Louis belonging to the SIXTEENTH Army Corps be sent forward without any delay to Memphis. * He is of the opinion that until they obtain horses they can be of good service as garrison, and that the horses can follow as soon as practicable.

You will please cause the necessary to be given and have the men, both those now at Saint Louis and who may arrive, forwarded with all possible dispatch.

I again urge the controlling for pushing forward horses as soon as practicable.

I am, general, your obedient servant,



HDQRS. SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,. Cairo, Ill., May 1, 1864.

I. The troops composing the THIRD DIVISION of the SIXTEENTH Army Corps will rendezvous at Columbus, Ky., and will be under the command of the senior officer present. The troops composing the First DIVISION, SIXTEENTH Army Corps, will rendezvous at Memphis, and will in like manner be commanded by the senior officer present.

II. For any exigency which may arise these troops will be subject to the orders of the commanding officers of the Districts of Columbus and Memphis, respectively, but will not be considered as garrison, nor as having been detached from their DIVISIONS in the field.

III. All detachments from the regiments composing the First and THIRD DIVISIONS within this corps will at once be sent forward to their respective places of rendezvous above named.

By order of Major General S. A. Hurlbut:

Major and Aide-de-Camp.


*See Sherman to Hurlbut, Vol. XXXII, Part III, p. 536.


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