War of the Rebellion: Serial 011 Page 0536 KY., TENN. N.MISS, N.ALA., AND SW. VA. Chapter XXII.

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HEADQUARTERS THIRD ARMY CORPS,

May 21, 1862

General MAURY,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

GENERAL: Two regiments which were on outpost duty, and which General Bragg promised to relieve at once, have not yet returned. These two regiments General Beauregard has ordered to take post

to-morrow morning at the church in front of your encampment north of railroad. The general has requested me to notify you of the change. I do so at once, for fear I may not see you to-night, as I am already very tired, and when I reach my position shall need rest.

Very respectfully,

W. J. HARDEE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE.

Knoxville, May 21, 1862

General G. T. BEAUREGARD,

Corinth, Miss.:

The enemy, 12,000 strong, menaces my department at Cumberland Gap. I will send, however, every disposable man, to operate in Middle Tennessee.

E. KIRBY SMITH,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE.

Knoxville, May 21, 1862

Brigadier General D. LEADBETTER,

Commanding, &c., Chattanooga, Tenn.:

GENERAL: The commanding general directs me to say that Colonel Adams, commanding a brigade of General Beauregard's army and operating in Middle Tennessee, reports that there is a force of the enemy intrenched at Fayetteville, against which he thinks he can operate successfully with the aid of artillery. The general desires that, if after conversation with him you deem his plans feasible and such a step advisable, you would give him what cavalry force you can spare without detriment to the service, and also the two pieces of ordnance of very small caliber which you have at Chattanooga, provided you can furnish and equip them so as to put them in a serviceable condition.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. CUNNINGHAM,

Acting Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE.

Knoxville, May 21, 1862

Brigadier General C. L. STEVENSON,

Commanding, &c., Cumberland Gap:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding has received a communication from Brigadier-General Barton, stating that you had informed him of the reported withdrawal of most of the enemy's force from Cum-