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was to make that then held by him more easily held; that it might be a part of the spring campaign to move against Mobile; that it certainly would be if troops enough could be obtained to make it, without embarrassing other movements; that New Orleans would be the point of departure for such an expedition; also, that I had directed General Steele to make a real move from Arkansas, as suggested by him (General Banks,) instead of a demonstration, as Steele thought advisable. On the thirty-first of March, in addition to the foregoing notification and directions, he was instructed as follows: First. If successful in your expedition against Shreveport, that you turn over the defence of the Red river to General Steele and the navy. Second. That you abandon Texas entirely, with the exception of your hold on the Rio Grande. This can be held with four thousand men, if they will turn their attention immediately to fortifying their positions. At least one half of the force req
g the movement of troops almost impossible. General Merritt's reconnoissance developed the enemy in strong force on the White Oak road in the vicinity of the Five Forks, and there was some heavy skirmishing throughout the day. Next morning, March thirty-one, General Merritt advanced toward the Five Forks with the First division, and meeting with considerable opposition, General Devin's brigade, of Crook's division, was ordered to join him, while General Crook, advancing on the left with the twothe highest commendation. Generals Crook, Merritt, Custer, and Devin, by their courage and ability, sustained their commands, and executed the rapid movements of the day with promptness and without confusion. During the night of the thirty-first of March my headquarters were at Dinwiddie Court-house, and the Lieutenant-General notified me that the Fifth corps would report to me, and should reach me by midnight. This corps had been offered to me on the thirtieth instant, but very much des
. I arrived at Montevallo at one P. M., March thirty-first, where I found Upton's division ready to Elyton, finding the roads wretched. March thirty-first, Moved at daylight, sending a detachmentd received since my despatch from Trion, March thirty-first, which reached him at nine A. M. on the division arrived at Montevallo on the thirty-first of March, having crossed Buzzard Roost mountaincond instant: On the night of the thirty-first of March I was encamped ten miles north of Monion awaited the arrival of the corps. March thirty-first. The Brevet Major-General commanding thIowa cavalry, being slightly wounded. March thirty-first. My brigade moved in rear of the divisissailed our column in flank, near Montevallo, March 31, this officer, who commanded the color companescort of cavalry and dismounted men. Thirty-first March. Laid a pontoon bridge of eleven boats,f the road were very rough and muddy. March thirty-first. Fine drizzling rain fell early in the
On the night of the thirty-first of March I was encamped ten miles north of Montevallo, and on the night of the first of April I camped at Plantersville, having marched forty-five miles on that day. On the morning of the second I marched at six o'clock, taking the advance on the main road to Selma. The Third Ohio was my advance regiment. It easily drove what small force we met without delaying the column for a moment. About six miles from Selma I turned to the right, taking a cross road which led to the Summerfield road. At about three P. M. I found my left in front of the works around Selma. In accordance with orders from Brigadier-General Long, I sent the Third Ohio to the right and rear to cover led horses and pack mules. The other three regiments, Fourth Ohio, Seventh Pennsylvania, and Fourth Michigan, were dismounted, and formed line about half a mile from the works. A strong skirmish line was pushed forward a few hundred yards in advance, and was immediately engag