War of the Rebellion: Serial 011 Page 0364 KY.,TENN.,N. MISS.,N. ALA.,AND SW. VA. Chapter XXII.

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HEADQUARTERS, Richmond, Va., March 25, 1862.

Colonel A. C. MYERS,

Quartermaster-General, Richmond, Va.:

COLONEL: Six new regiments have been ordered to move from Georgia to Knoxville; they are without blankets, and you are desired to cause 6,000 to be sent to Knoxville for their use, to General E. K. Smith, commanding at that place.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. E. LEE,

General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE, Knoxville, March 25, 1862.

Lieutenant Colonel B. M. BRANNER,

Fourth Battalion Tennessee Cavalry:

COLONEL: The major-general commanding directs me to inform you that he finds it necessary to suspend in its effects the order of Major-General Crittenden directing your command to repair to Decatur, Ala. You will therefore order the companies of your battalion not absolutely under orders from Brigadier-General Leadbetter to report to him at Kingston, Tenn.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. L. CLAY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE, Knoxville, March 25, 1862.

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Dalton, Ga.:

Major General E. K. Smith directs that one regiment be sent to this place and five others remain for the present at Dalton.

This countermands the dispatch of this morning.

H. L. CLAY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS, Richmond, Va., March 25, 1862.

General HUMPHREY MARSHALL,

Commanding, &c., Lebanon, Va.:

GENERAL: You are under a misapprehension as to the meaning of my letter of the 13th instant as to your communicating with General Smith. I did not intend to say anything in conflict with your instructions of November 1, 1861,* but only to desire you to keep in communication with General Smith, in order that there might be the proper concert of action between your command and his whenever occasion may render it expedient. Should an emergency occur to bring your commands together, of course as long as the two may be united your

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*See Series I, Vol. IV, p. 495.

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