HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE, Knoxville, Tenn., August 26, 1862.
Brigadier General C. L. STEVENSON,
Commanding Second Division, Army of East Tennessee:
GENERAL: A duplicate of your communication in relation to re-enforcements was received at a late hour last night. I had already acted upon the first, and have sent you a copy of the orders issued to Colonels Cooke's, Fain's, Palmer's, and Love's commands. Colonel McDowell and Lieutenant-Colonel Allen have been ordered to hold their commands in readiness for active service. Colonel Talbird's regiment is guarding the bridge over the Hiwassee at Charleston under orders from General Bragg. I learned yesterday that Clinton was without a garrison, Major [H. D.] Capers' [Twelfth Georgia] battalion of infantry, of Gracie's brigade, which I supposed there, having been withdrawn, I believe, to Jacksborough. I have ordered Major [W. N.] Reeves with three companies to that post, being the only disposable force I had. No report yet of the strength of Smith's Legion.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. F. BELTON,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF KENTUCKY, Barboursville, Ky., August 26, 1862.
Major General JOHN P. McCOWN,
Commanding Department of East Tennessee:
SIR: I am instructed by General Smith to inform you that in case the enemy should withdraw the greater part of his force from Cumberland Gap you will direct General Stevenson to leave a sufficient number of his troops as a corps of observation in his present position, and with the remainder to join this army with all possible dispatch and by the shortest practicable route.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Colonel and Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS CONFEDERATE STATES FORCES, Chattanooga, Tenn., August 26, 1862.
Lieutenant Colonel JAMES R. HOWARD,
Commanding Battalion Georgia Cavalry:
COLONEL: The major-general commanding directs me to instruct you to report at once with whole command to Brigadier-General Maxey, commanding at Shell Mound.
Your obedient servant,
CHAS. S. STRINGFELLOW,
SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT NO.2,
No. 164. Chattanooga, Tenn., August 26, 1862.
VIII. The following assignment of cavalry is announced: Crawford's, Mead's, and Allen's regiments, commanded by Colonel Wheeler,