War of the Rebellion: Serial 023 Page 0687 Chapter XXVIII. CORRESPONDENCE. - CONFEDERATE.

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that his whole command should be concentrated on the railroad or in its vicinity as rapidly as possible. Taylor's brigade is ordered from Morristown to be at this point to-morrow and Reynolds' to Loudon. General Stevenson will take the route to Morristown, and you will be directed by him, if movements of the enemy permit, to fall back to the south side of Clinch River, ready to march direct to Knoxville. Indications are that the enemy will move from Powell's Valley by the Clinton. Allston is directed to keep vigilant watch in that direction and of all the passes from Powell's Valley. You will report to these headquarters, as well as to General Stevenson, any information of importance you may obtain.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. F. BELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 16, 1862.

Colonel BENJAMIN ALLSTON,

Commanding First Cavalry Brigade:

COLONEL: Reports from Chattanooga are that the enemy are attempting to cross the river. They are also threatening Kingston. The commanding general directs me to say that it is important that his whole command should be concentrated on or in the vicinity of the railroad as soon as possible. Taylor's brigade will leave Morristown to morrow for this point and Reynolds' for Loudon. Barton will be directed by General Stevenson, if movements of the enemy permit, to fall back to the south side of Clinch River, ready for marching direct to Knoxville. Stevenson will take the route to Morristown. You will be directed by General Stevenson to make your headquarters with the principal part of your cavalry at Lloyd's Cross-Roads. Indications are that the enemy will move for Powell's Valley by Clinton. You will direct a vigilant watch in that direction as well as the crossings of the Powell and Clinch Rivers, observing closely every movement and holding the enemy in check as long as possible. You will report direct to these headquarters, as well as to General Stevenson, all important information you may obtain.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. F. BELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 16, 1862.

Brigadier General C. L. STEVENSON,

Cumberland Gap, Tenn.:

GENERAL: A telegram from Governor Harris, at Chattanooga, states upon reliable authority that last night 4,000 Federal infantry and cavalry were at McMinnville, with twelve pieces of artillery Three hundred wagons left McMinnville on Friday morning for Pikeville; re-enforcements are moving there from farther east, destination Kingston. The general commanding wishes your movements to be hastened as much as possible, consistent with order and safety.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. F. BELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.