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Private J. H. Morris, a deserter from Company K, Thirty-second Tennessee, has been, all the time that we have been here, at Ringgold, a point on the Atlanta railroad 7 miles this side of Tunnel Hill, until Wednesday last, when he deserted and swam the Tennessee River last night. He confirms all that Mitchell has stated.




Pikeville, Tenn., August 29, 1863.

(Received 12.15 p. m.) Lieut. Col. LYNE STARLING,

Chief of Staff, Twenty-first Army Corps: COLONEL: The inclosed letter from General White, received in answer to one sent by me to General Burnside, was received during the night. My courier reports a large Federal force at Jamestown.

I have sent to Colonel Minty for a map of his field of operations. Blythe's (by the citizens generally called Hutchinson's) Ferry is at the foot of Folly Island, mouth of Hiwassee River; Doughty's Ferry is said to be about 3 miles below.

In a previous letter I informed you that I had received by my train 20,000 rations. That was for my own division. In addition, I should have mentioned that the train brought over ten days' rations for Colonel Minty's cavalry.

1 have a mill in operation that can grind about 60 bushels of wheat per day. Commenced yesterday. By my train that should arrive this evening, my supply of rations should be increased to fourteen days.

I have a party working on the road over the last hills of the Cumberland Mountains, which I hope will be the means of saving some of my wagons and teams. Very respectfully, your most obedient servant,

H. P. VAN CLEVE, Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.


Jamestown, Tenn., August 27, 1863. Lieut. Col. LYNE STARLING,

Chief of Staf, Twenty-first Army Corps: The communication forwarded by the hands of S. P. Doss was received by me last evening and sent forward to the officer to whom it was addressed. It will probably reach him to-day, but of this I am not certain. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JULIUS WHITE, Brigadier-General, Commanding.


[August 29, 1863.) Maj. Gen. GORDON GRANGER,

Nashville: Order the troops at Alexandria to march at once to McMinnville to relieve the brigade of Van Cleve's division now there. Direct the Alexandria troops to have everything in readiness to move to Pikeville as soon as ordered. Van Cleve's brigade will join its division as soon as relieved by the Alexandria troops. Ascertain if Carthage cannot be safely evacuated, and, if so, have the stores now there wagoned to McMinn ville. Hasten the movement from Alexandria as much as possible. By order of Major-General Rosecrans :


C. GODDARD, Assistant Adjutant-General.

NASHVILLE, August 29, 1863—4 p. m. General ROSECRANS :

General Morgan will probably reach Athens to-night. McCook marched from Columbia for same point this morning. Please send them rations. The regiments from Donelson and Clarksville should reach Columbia to-morrow. The telegraph and railroad are being

pushed forward as rapidly as possible. It will take several weeks to finish the railroad. All quiet. How are you, and what are you all up to?



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August 29, 1863. Maj. Gen. G. GRANGER:

GENERAL : Some such decided measures as you adopted at Franklin must be adopted here and at Pulaski to break the necks of the rebels. As far as your influence extended their conduct was perfectly refreshing, but south of Duck River they are impudent and defiant; they must be "Grangerized.” Mrs. Hunter, on Carter's Creek, should be sent south-she and daughter ; says she helped to burn the bridges before and will do it again. All the families you sent from Franklin should be sent south of the Tennessee; they spread wide dissatisfaction.

We captured one of Forrest's scouts. He wishes to be paroled and give bond for his future good behavior. Can it be done ?

DAN’L MCCOOK, Colonel, Commanding Brigade.


August 29, 1863-11.45 p. m. COMMANDING OFFICER,

McMinnville : The troops from Alexandria have been ordered to relieve you. As soon as they arrive turn over the post and your instructions to the commanding officer, load your wagons with all the rations you can haul, and report with your brigade to your division commander. By order of Major-General Rosecrans :

C. GODDARD, Assistant Adjutant-General.



August 29, 1863. Col. L. D. WATKINS,

Commanding Third Brigade, Maysville, Ala. : In accordance with orders from Major-General Stanley, the colonel commanding directs that you move two of your regiments to Huntsville, and that till further orders you cover the same country as heretofore. Respectfully,

JNO. PRATT, Assistant Adjutant-General.


Near Redman's, August 29, 1863. Major-General HARTSUFF,

Commanding Twenty-third Army Corps: GENERAL: I am pretty well satisfied that you will not be able to get farther than New River to-night, as there is no encampment between that place and Redman's, which is 8 or 9 miles from New River. Let Shackelford push forward as rapidly as possible, and I will either give or leave directions for him, and will communicate with you from my encampment to-night. The question of forage and subsistence will be settled by the movements of White's and Foster's commands; they may have to subsist upon fresh meat for a few days.

Please send a messenger to me if you have to stop at New River. I may encamp this side of Montgomery. Pegram’s dispatch indicates to my mind that the enemy are falling back. General Carter has just joined me. Very respectfully, yours,




Vicksburg, Miss., August 30, 1863. General H. W. HALLECK,

Washington, D.C. : I shall start this evening on a short trip to New Orleans, remaining there but a day or two. General Banks is not yet off, and I am

a desirous of seeing him before he starts to learn his plans and see how I may help him. The general is very anxious for more cavalry, but I have none whatever here at present. I am looking for the return of that sent north-to save, if they could, the rolling-stock near Grenada-daily, and also for 2,000 more, which Hurlbut says he can spare me. If they arrive in time I will send a portion to Banks, though I cannot well spare them.

S. D. Lee, who was one of the generals paroled here, is in command of all the cavalry in my front. I am somewhat at a loss to know by what means he has been released from the obligations of his parole, but suppose it must be all right. I have taken measures to ascertain if he has been exchanged,


I have heard nothing from the expedition which left Goodrich's Landing yet ; though they have been gone seven days, I feel no apprehension for their safety. The river is generally quiet, but one case of firing into steamers having been reported for several weeks; that occurred yesterday at Morganza, below here. No artillery was used. The party who fired was said to be headed by a prisoner who escaped from New Orleans. They are a party of robbers who fire on all parties alike, knowing no friends.

Signs of negro insurrection are beginning to exhibit themselves. Last week some armed negroes crossed the Yazoo in the neighborhood of Haynes' Bluff, and went up into the Deer Creek country, where they murdered several white men. I cannot learn the full particulars of this occurrence. The negroes who committed this act, however, are not soldiers, but were probably some men from a negro camp occupying plantations near Haynes' Bluff. It seems that some of the citizens in that country have attempted to intimidate the negroes by whipping, and (in a few instances) by shooting them. This probably was but a case of retribution.

The enemy seems to have withdrawn most if not all his force from my front, except his cavalry, and gone to the vicinity of Mobile. Movements in Banks' department evidently indicate to them an early attack on that city.

The health of this command is as good as could be in camp in any part of the country. Sherman's corps is in condition to move on the shortest notice. McPherson would be just as ready, but is scattered on different expeditions and in garrisoning this city and Natchez.



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No. 69.

Camp on Black River, August 30, 1863. From and after September 1 the following disposition of the divisions of this corps is ordered:

1. The First Division will hold the position at the railroad bridge, with patrols, scouts, &c., visiting the country down as far as Hall's Ferry. Division drill, with infantry and artillery, on Tuesdays, subject to inspection by the commanding general, at 4 p. m.

2. The Second Division will guard the Black River at Amsterdam and Bridgeport, and otherwise act as a general reserve, keeping up easy communication with Bovina, Tiffin, and Wixon's. Division drill of artillery and infantry on Wednesdays, subject to general inspection, at I p. m.

3. The Third Division will guard the line of Bear Creek, with one brigade at Oak Ridge. Headquarters near Tribble's, and scouts scouring the country between the Yazoo and Black Rivers. Drills by brigades or division on Thursdays, subject to inspection without previous notice, at 4 p. m.

4. The Fourth Division will guard the Big Black from Bridgeport up to the mouth of Bear Creek. Headquarters near Messinger's. Division drills on Fridays, ready for inspection by the commanding general, at 4 p. m.

The Fourth Brigade, Fourth Division, having only two regiments, is hereby broken up, on the 1st of September, and the following assignments made, to take effect as soon as that brigade is relieved at Oak Ridge by one from the Third Division : The Sixth Iowa to the Second Brigade; the Forty-eighth Illinois to the Third Brigade.



5. Until the return to this command of the many general officers belonging to it, the senior officer present for duty will command the several divisions and brigades, and will be held accountable for the drill, instruction, and records. Besides the daily guard-mounting and parade, the roll-calls prescribed by Regulations, and drills heretofore ordered, division commanders will give special attention to the arms, ammunition, and equipments of their commands, and see that all things material to the service are now procured. A system of book instruction should be instituted in all the brigades, that the officers and men now on duty may become qualified to impart proper instructions to all recruits and conscripts to which we are entitled to fill our ranks. We have now passed safely the hot and sickly season of Mississippi, and can safely go to work. By order of Maj. Gen. W. T. Sherman :

R. M. SAWYER. , Assistant Adjutant-General.

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SHERMAN'S HEADQUARTERS, August 30, 1863. General GRANT, Vicksburg:

We have taken 2 men in arms who profess to belong to Pinson's cavalry, detached, they say, along with 11 others who escaped into the canebrake. These men have no uniform, no marks of a soldier's dress ; are not even dressed alike, and are clothed as citizens. We should not treat such men as soldiers. We should insist on their soldiers wearing a uniform-something to distinguish them from the common citizen. Shall I proceed against them as spies ? At the time of capture they were fully equipped, were outside of our lines dogging one of our mounted parties coming back from a regular scout. I wish I had made this point by flag of truce yesterday, but it will do for the next.



VICKSBURG, Miss., August 30, 1863. General SHERMAN:

Send in the prisoners you have taken without uniform, to be confined in jail until their case can be made the subject of a communication. I shall leave here to-morrow for New Orleans. In my ab

. sence you can send the communication. I will probably be gone ten days.



SHERMAN'S HEADQUARTERS, August 30, 1863. General GRANT, Vicksburg:

I will send in the 2 prisoners, with written charges, list of witnesses, &c. I will prepare with great care, after reading all of Halleck's or. ders on the subject, a letter to General Lee, and take the plain ground

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