The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 32, In Three Parts. Part 3, Correspondence, etc. Page: 742
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742 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. [CHAP. XLIV.
Carolina stationed adjacent to the gaps leading from that State, in
order that they may co-operate in case of emergency with the forces
of this district. I beg to state that this plan has received the ap-
proval in writing of Lieutenant-General Longstreet, and also of
Governor Bonham, of South Carolina.
If the foregoing suggestions cannot be carried out. I would sug-
gest that at least a force of not less ,than 700 mounted men may be
furnished in lieu thereof. With an adequate cavalry force to operate
through the gap, the enetny could be prevented from running cars
on the East Tennessee Railroad.
I likewise respectfully request that, if consistent with the public
interest, Lieutenant Collins' section of artillery be ordered back to
this district, with an additional detail of men to fill up his detach-
ments and to work two other guns. This request is based upon the
presumption that the section could be of more service in the field
than in the conscript service.
In this connection I desire to state that there is in the district a
battalion of conscripts between the ages of eighteen and forty-five,
under Maj. J. C. McRae, belonging to the Bureau of Conscripts.
Would it not be well to transfer this battalion from conscript to
field service, in order that it might be available for general opera-
tions in this district ?
In closing I desire, with great deference, but with equal earnest-
ness, to state that, in my opinion, unless some additional protection
is afforded this country it will before long be overrun with tories and
deserters, organized and furnished with arms and ammunition by
the Federal authorities, and in all probability, sooner or later, seri-
ous and most destructive raids will be made into North and South
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN B. PALMER,
Colonel, Commanding District of 'Western North Carolina.
GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. ARMY OF TENNESSEE,
No. 29. Dalton, Ga., April 3, 1864.
I. Brig. Gen. F. A. Shoup, assigned by the President, will take
command of the artillery of the army.
II. The organization by battalions will be retained.
III. The following battalions will be temporarily attached to the
1. To Hardee's : Hoxton's, Hotchkiss', Martin's, and Cobb's, senior
2. To Hood's: Courtney's, Eldridge's, and Johnston's, Col. R. F.
3. To Wheeler's cavalry : Captains Huwald's, Ferrell's, and Wig-
gins' batteries, Maj. F. H. Robertson commanding.
The battalion of reserve will be commanded by Lieutenant-Col-
IV. The general of artillery is charged with the instruction, drill,
and administration of the artillery, whether detached or with the
V. On the field the reserve will be under the immediate command
of the general of artillery.
By command of General Johnston :
A. P. MASON,
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