War of the Rebellion: Serial 023 Page 0680 KY., M. AND E. TENN., N. ALA., AND SW. VA. Chapter XXVIII.

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RICHMOND, VA., June 12, 1862.

General G. T. BEAUREGARD, Tupelo, Miss.:

General Kirby Smith is pressed by superior force of the enemy and is actively operating against him. Can you under present circumstances return to him the troops you withdrew from his command? If so,send them with all possible dispatch.

S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 12, 1862.

General BEAUREGARD, Okolona, Miss.:

The enemy in overwhelming force are entering Tennessee from various points. Chattanooga, the entrance to Georgia and on our right, is almost defenseless. Can you not spare some troops promptly for its defense?

E. KIRBY SMITH,

Major-General, Commanding.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 12, 1862.

TO THE COMMANDING OFFICERS,

Charleston, Loudon, Strawberry Plains,

Flat Creek Brigade, Lick Creek Bridge, Zollicoffer:

The enemy are threatening the department. The commanding general directs that you use increased vigilance in guarding the bridge in your charge.

J. F. BELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 12, 1862.

Captain Banks,

Assistant Quartermaster, Chattanooga, Tenn.:

You will send forward all the cars and engines collected in Chattanooga, and follow after the trains levying with troops with your empty cars. Keep such cars and engines as are absolutely necessary for the duties of the post.

By command of Major-General E. Kirby Smith:

J. G. MEEM, JR.,

Aide-de-Camp.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 12, 1862.

General HUMPHREY MARSHALL, Abingdon, Va.:

The enemy have crossed the mountains, and 15,000 strong attack cumberland Gap in front and rear. If forced, General Stevenson will fall back upon Abingdon. Can you by any movement in that direction co-operate with him?

E. KIRBY SMITH,

Major-General, Commanding.