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Chapter 41:


The army reached Tuscumbia on the afternoon of the 30th of October, and on that day General Hood received the following communication:

Headquarters, Military division of the West, Tuscumbia, October 30th, 1864.
General,—General Beauregard desires that you will forward him, for the information of the War Department, a brief summary of the operations of your army from the date of its departure from Jonesboroa, Ga., to the present time; also a concise statement of your plans of future operations, intended for the same office.

I am, General, respectfully, your obedient servant,

Geo. Wm. Brent, Col., and A. A. G. General J. B. Hood, Comdg., etc., etc.

For reasons which cannot be explained this request was not readily complied with.

On the 31st of the same month General Beauregard inspected the banks of the Tennessee, to select suitable positions for the erection of field-works for the protection of the troops while crossing at that point, intending also to fortify the opposite bank,

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