War of the Rebellion: Serial 023 Page 0678 KY., M. AND E. TENN., N. ALA., AND SW. VA. Chapter XXVIII.

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mounth the crocssing of the Knoxville road. Some cavalry, with a small force of infantry, should be left at Clinton. The boat should be retained there on this side under charge of a guard. it should be secured in such way as to be readily destroyed in case of necessity.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. F. BELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 12, 1862.

Brigadier General D. LEADBETTER,

Commanding, &c., Chattanooga, Tenn.:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding will leave here to-morrow with such force as he can collect to meet the enemy, who have crossed the mountains with 10,000 men of all arms and twelve pieces of artillery and are moving to attack Cumberland Gap in rear. They are also reported as having crossed the mountains from Virginia, and marching toward the same point. The commanding general desires me to say that you will now be left to your own resources, which you will employ as may be most effective for the defense of Chattanooga. You will push forward the defenses of your post as rapidly as possible and make the best stand in your power. He can give you no aid unless he defeats the enemy in Powell's Valley. He directs that the two Florida regiments when they arrive be organized as a brigade and Colonel Davis assigned to the command.

Very respectfully, you obedient servant,

J. F. BELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 12, 1862.

Brigadier General D. LEADBETTER, Chattanooga, Tenn.:

You will send Colonel Reynolds' brigade, battery, and three regiments immediately to this point upon the rolling stock collected by Captain Banks. It is very important that they move promptly. Telegraph at what hour they will leave. In this movement consult with the agent of the Tennessee and Georgia Railroad.

By command of Major General E. Kirby Smith:

J. F. BELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 12, 1862.

Captain W. P. OWEN,

Commanding Company of Cavalry of Cavalry, Maynardville, Tenn.:

CAPTAIN: The major-general commanding directs that you will send a detachment from your command to the Clinch river where the Knoxville road crosses, to secure and guard the boats at that point. When not in use the boats will be kept on the south side of the river.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. F. BELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.