of the 6th instant, all the items and orders referring to your command, which you have reason to believe have not yet been executed, and then select one or more officers to see that they are forthwith carried into effect. My experience with volunteers teaches me that, with the best intention imaginable, they seldom execute one half of the orders they receive; hence it becomes our imperative duty to see that all orders given are complied with. Your special attention is called to this fact. Have you called yet for those new flags from General Lovell? Remember there are three sizes, for infantry, artillery, and cavalry. Have you distributed those printed orders for advanced guards, etc., to your several brigades? If not, please do so at once. I think it advisable to send back, as soon as possible, all your heavy baggage to Columbus or Grenada—the latter would probably be preferable at present, on account of means of transportation, but decide for yourself, after proper inquiry. I believe all the necessary arrangements are being made for the sick at Okalona. Your despatch on the subject has been referred to General Bragg. I send you the copy of a telegrain from General Withers at Fort Pillow. I am disappointed at the information it contained. I have ordered him to commence forthwith a system of detached works to protect his rear. The intelligence from General McCown is also quite sad, but I do not see how we can reinforce him at present; our forces have not yet half arrived from the South, and then we must guard our rear, threatened from the Tennessee River. With the small force at our command, we cannot present a strong front everywhere. Respectfully, your obedient servant,
Savannah. My forces preparing to meet him. Am much in need of generals.
Chief Commissary of experience, such as Colonel R. B. Lee, or Major Blair, or Williams, otherwise millions' worth of property, not to be replaced, will be lost.
Mr. Fleming to inform you of the transportation capacity of adjoining railroads, so that you can determine and order up the means (as far