OR, Series 1, Vol. 32, Part 2, Page 702

Special Orders No. __
Hdqrs. Lieut. Gen. Polk's Command
In the Field, near Hillsborough
Feb. 9, 1864
   I. Major-General French will move with his command in time to take the cars at Newton Station {on the Southern (of Mississippi) RR} to-morrow morning (10th instant) at 6 o'clock and proceed to Meridian. He will move both his troops and batteries, including horses, by railroad. Should there not be sufficient transportation for both guns and horses, he will send forward his guns and caissons by the train and send his horses by the road to Meridian.
   II. From Meridian he will move with his command to Mobile by the Mobile & Ohio Railroad, taking the trains of the evening schedule if possible; if not, then by the following morning.
   III. Should he find the railroad interrupted he will return to Meridian and proceed from thence by railroad to Demopolis; or if this be not found practicable, he will march overland to Demopolis and avail himself of steam-boat transportation by the Tombigbee River to reach Mobile.
   IV. In case that Major-General French finds the Mobile & Ohio Railroad interrupted at any point below Enterprise he will exercise his discretion whether to march to Mobile or return to Meridian and take the route indicated in paragraph III of this order.
   V. On his arrival at Mobile Major-General French will turn over his command to Major-General Maury and report in person to the lieutenant-general commanding.
By command of Lieutenant-General Polk
Douglas West
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General