Talladega Jacksonville & Blue Mountain. The Enemy is collecting at a place near Centreville a camp to which Lorings Division is to come from Demopolis. — This force will be behind the Coosa, and is clearly designed by Johnston to watch McPherson as he advances against Rome. Forest still is up between the Tennessee & Mississipi & is reported today crossing the Tennessee at Hamburg, also attacking Columbus. I admire his great skill but he cant do that. I am willing he should continue to attack our posts, and he may also cross the Tennessee. We have plenty of stores here, also pushing them to the Front fast as possible. I will not let Forest draw off my mind from the Concentration going on. Longstreet is represented still up about Bristol & Abingdon, but I do not believe he will move into Kentucky by Pound Gap—Road too bad & long He may send some Cavalry in, but he dont probably know that he cant interrupt our communications, because if the Louisville Road is reached by a dash we are not disturbed, and then to git out would be a question. All well with us. I await McPhersons two Divns on furlough and A. J. Smith from Red River." ALS, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 3, 350-51. The enclosures are ibid., pp. 351-52.
Head Quarters of the Army, In Field,
Culpepper C. H. Va. Apl. 9th/64
MAJ. GEN. GEO. G. MEADE,
COMD. G ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
For your information, and as instructions to govern your preparations for the coming campaign, the following is communicated confidentially for your own perusal alone.
So far as practicable all the Armies are to move together and towards one common center. Banks has been instructed to turn over the guarding of the Red River to Gen. Steele and the Navy. To abandon Texas, with the exception of the Rio Grande, and to concentrate all the force he can, not less than 25.000 men, to move on Mobile. This he is to do without reference to any other movements. From the scattered condition of his command however he can not possibly get it together to leave New Orleans before the 1st of May if so soon. Sherman will move at the same time you do, or two or three days in advance, Jo Johnston's Army being his objective point and the heart of Georgia his ultimate aim. If sucsess