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CUMBERLAND GAP, August 12, 1862.

Colonel J. B. FRY:

Edwards, a reliable scout, has just come in from near Clinton. He reports that Bragg is in command and is at Knoxville. Kirby Smith has twenty-two regiments, and near Clinton.

GEORGE W. MORGAN,

Brigadier-General.

(Same to Secretary of War.)

CUMBERLAND GAP, August 12, 1862.

Colonel J. B. FRY:

Knoxville Register admits that Vaughn's regiments alone lost 109 men at Tazewell on the 6th instant, but claims that they captured four guns. All they got was the shot.

GEORGE W. MORGAN.

CUMBERLAND GAP, August 12, 1862.

Colonel J. B. FRY:

A man named Fritz has arrived from near Loudon, and says that on the 2nd instant the enemy had a large force at that place; force said to have come from Virginia. Rumored that Bragg is at Chattanooga.

Scouts arrived from beyond Tazewell estimate force near that place at twenty-five regiments of infantry, one brigade of cavalry, and artillery force not ascertained. Maynardville is being occupied by cavalry and infantry. I have sent to Knoxville. I believe that this place will not be attacked, but we are ready.

GEORGE W. MORGAN,

General.

HEADQUARTERS,

Huntsville, August 12, 1862.

General MORGAN,

Cumberland Gap:

Does your dispatch mean Loudon near Jacksborough or Loudon on the railroad? Where is Maynardville?

D. C. BUELL.

CUMBERLAND GAP, August 12, 1862.

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

The servant of General Stevenson, who left the division headquarters near Tazewell night before last, has just come in. He says that General Bragg took command of the Department of East Tennessee before the affair at Tazewell (6th instant). He heard Captain Mathews, aid to Stevenson, say that they had 80,000 troops between Loudon and Tazewell; that they hope to force me to evacuate. Fritz, of whom I spoke to Colonel Fry this morning, gave the force at Loudon at 40,000, but as it appeared extravagant I did not report. I believe that Bragg is in East Tennessee, and I learn from a Mr. Wilson, from Georgia, that the enemy has withdrawn his armies from the east, with the intention