OR, Series 1, Vol. 38, Part 4, Page 685

Hdqrs. Department of Ala., Miss., and East La.
Demopolis, Ala.
May 9, 1864
Brig. Gen. P. D. Roddey
   Your two communications of the 4th and 5th are received. I assumed command of this department this morning. Lieutenant-General Polk has gone to General Johnston's assistance with Loring, French, and three of my brigades (to Rome). Your duty now is more important than heretofore, as you stand in front of Selma. ***** The cars are now returning to Corinth {at the junction of the Mobile & Ohio RR and the Memphis & Charleston RR}; will order the railroad repaired to Cherokee {38 miles east of Corinth}, and if possible to Tuscumbia {14 miles east of Cherokee -- both on the Memphis & Charleston RR}. Forrest has just arrived at Tupelo. *****
I am, general, very respectfully,
S. D. Lee