Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 349. On the same day, Thomas telegraphed to Rawlins. "Scouts and deserters say Claborns Division at Tunn'l Hill Andersons Breckenridges Stewarts at Dalton. Cheatburns ordered to Mobile— Gen Johnson at Rome last Thursday. Breckenridges Div. under marching orders for the past week—Grigsbys brigade of Cavalry sent to Decatur to recruit all Ky. Cavaly turned over to John Morgan who is at Decatur organizing his com'd. -force about two thousand men fight took place yesterday between 2d Ky— Cavy. and third Ala. Cavy. the former refused to reenlist as ordered the latter ordered to fire on them did so Killed 3 wounding 5 Second Ky. returned the fire killing and wounding 30 then dispersed. Ky. Candidate for Congress making speeches through the army. Deserters six days from Meridian says Gen'l Sherman marching on that place with 12.000 men Frenches and Lorings Divisions retreating before him to Mobile" Copy (misdated Jan. 8), DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 352-53.
Headquarters Military Division of the Mississippi,
Feb. 6, 1864.
COLONEL W. D. MANN, SEVENTH MICHIGAN CAVALRY:
COLONEL: An examination of the cavalry and infantry accoutrements exhibited by you satisfies me that the change from the old style is such as to warrant their adoption throughout the army as fast as new accoutrements have to be supplied. I think no more of the old should be made until yours are fully tested.
The improvements in the cartridge-box are undoubted, and should be adopted at once.
The change in the belt, and the manner of carrying the knapsack and cartridge-box, I believe will demonstrate itself to be a great improvement, and if it does not, the soldier will naturally make the change in carrying these, suggested by experience.
U. S. GRANT,
Colonel Mann's Infantry and Cavalry Accoutrements.... (New York, 1864), p. 34. Born in Sandusky, Ohio, in 1839, William D. Mann operated a hotel in Grafton, Ohio, before the Civil War. Commissioned col., 7th Mich. Cav., in 1862, he fought at Gettysburg, and resigned early in 1864 to promote his accoutrements.