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eptember 30, 1863. Major-General Hurlbut, Memphis. * * * * All available forces must be pushed on toward General Rosecrans as fast as possible. Your attention must be directed particularly to the repairing of the railroad and the transportation of supplies toward Decatur. H. W. Halleck, General-in-Chief. October 2d, Hurlbut telegraphed Halleck: A supply train of four hundred wagons is ready at Corinth, and thirty days rations for twenty thousand men. War Department, October 4, 1863. Major-General Hurlbut, Memphis. As fast as troops arrive they should be pushed forward, first to Corinth and then to Tuscumbia, repairing the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. * * * * From there you will move by Florence on Athens or Decatur, on the north side of the river, or directly to Decatur, repairing the railroad according as it may be found most practicable or expeditious. Time is all important. The railroad must be kept up and guarded in order to secure the supplies of yo