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Note: This is correspondence prior to the Battles of Tupelo and Old Town Creek, but not specifically related to any battles.

2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 16th Army Corps,
January 1864 to December, 1864.

Detachment Army Tennessee -- Joined from Army Tenn For Red River Campaign

Major Gen. Andrew J. Smith
Brig. General J. A. Mower


Second Brigade
Col. William T. Shaw

14th Iowa, Lieut. Col. Joseph H. Newbold
27th Iowa, Col. James I. Gilbert
32d Iowa. Col. John Scott
24th Missouri, Col. James K. Mills

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE,
Memphis, Tenn., June 12, 1864--1 a.m.

Maj. Gen. A. J. SMITH:

GENERAL: I have this moment received bad news from General Sturgis. He has met with serious disaster, and needs help; he is falling back, hardly pressed. Please order 2,000 infantry to be at the railroad station with three days' rations, as early as possible this morning. They should take 100 rounds ammunition. The case is urgent.

Respectfully, yours,

C. C. WASHBURN,
Major-General.

[Indorsement.]

HDQRS. DETACHMENT SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Memphis, Tenn., June 12, 1864

Respectfully referred to Col. David Moore, commanding Third Division, Sixteenth Army Corps, who will send the Third Brigade of his command, substituting some regiment for the Forty-ninth Illinois that is not entitled to veteran furlough, making the number as near as possible to 2,000 men. They will be equipped as within directed, and will move to the railroad depot as soon as ready. You will notify these headquarters as soon as the troops are at the depot.

By order of Brig. Gen. A. J. Smith:

J. HOUGH,
Assistant Adjutant-General.

The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series I--Volume XXXIX, Part 2, Page 108-109.

HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Memphis, Tenn., June 12, 1864

Col. J. I. GILBERT,
Commanding Second Brigade:

COLONEL: You will hold your command in readiness to move at a moment's notice, provided with forty rounds of ammunition in cartridge boxes, sixty rounds in charge of ordnance officer, and three days' rations. The officers and men will be kept in camp until the cause for the order has been removed.

By command of Col. David Moore:

JAMES B. COMSTOCK,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series I--Volume XXXIX, Part 2, Page 109.

SPECIAL ORDERS No. 11.

HDQRS. 3D DIV., 16TH ARMY CORPS,
Memphis, Tenn., June 15, 1864

III. Colonel Gilbert, commanding Second Brigade, Third Division, Sixteenth Army Corps, will have the command in readiness to take the field at 2 p.m. to-morrow, June 16, 1864. The command will take three days' rations in haversacks and forty rounds of ammunition per man. Two wagons will be allowed to each regiment. All surplus baggage will be left at the present camp of the regiments, leaving a guard from the convalescents of the command.

By order of Col. David Moore:

JAMES B. COMSTOCK,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series I--Volume XXXIX, Part 2, Page 122.

SPECIAL ORDERS No. 18.

HDQRS. THIRD DIV., 16TH ARMY CORPS,
Memphis, Tenn., June 23, 1864

III. Col. J. I. Gilbert, commanding Second Brigade, Third Division, Sixteenth Army Corps, will move with his command to the Memphis and Charleston depot tomorrow morning, June 24, 1864, at 6.30 o'clock. All land transportation will be moved out on the State Line road at 8.30 a.m.

By order of Col. D. Moore:

JAMES B. COMSTOCK,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series I--Volume XXXIX, Part 2. Page 122.

GENERAL ORDERS No. 9.

HDQRS. 2D BRIG., 3D DIV., 16TH A. C.,
La Grange, Tenn., July 4, 1864.

Commanding officers of regiments and companies will not permit any straggling from their respective commands on the march. The disgraceful manner in which our march was conducted on the day we marched to this camp must not be repeated. Commanding officers of companies will see that every man has his canteen filled with water before the hour of marching in order that the subterfuge of looking after water may be no excuse. Experience has proven to both officers and men that those who remain with their companies uniformly endure the march better than those who straggle. Firing of guns while on the march will not be permitted. Regimental and company officers will be held responsible for the non-fulfillment of this order, which will be published to each regiment before we enter upon the march.

By order of James I. Gilbert, colonel commanding brigade:

W. G. DONNAN,
Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series I--Volume XXXIX, Part 2, Page 163.