OR, Series 1, Vol. 39, Part 3, Page 900

November 8, 1864 -- 9:30 a.m.
General G. T. Beauregard
Commanding Military Division of the West
   I respectfully request that the work of repairing the railroad {Memphis & Charleston RR} to Cherokee Station be now discontinued, and that the labor thus employed be put to work in repairing the road from Corinth to Purdy {on the Mobile & Ohio RR}, which is in the direction of Jackson, Tenn., also discontinue the work from Cherokee to Tuscumbia {Memphis & Charleston RR}. Purdy would, I think, be the most convenient point from which to draw our supplies during the movement contemplated. I respectfully request also that good scouts be kept constantly near Memphis to give timely notice of the collection of any force at that point or any movement from it.
J. B. Hood