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KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 16, 1862.

Brigadier General S. M. BARTON,

Commanding Fourth Brigade, near Tazewell, Tenn.:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs me to state for your information that a telegram just received from Governor Harris, at Chattanooga, reports upon reliable authority that 4,000 Federal infantry and cavalry, with twelve pieces of artillery, were at McMinnville last night, and that 300 wagons left that place on Friday morning for Pikeville. Re-enforcements are moving there from farther east, destination Kingston. This intelligence is communicated to General Stevenson by the courier who bears this.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. F. BELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 17, 1862.

Colonel MORRISON,

Georgia Cavalry, Communicating Post, Kingston, Tenn.:

COLONEL: You communication of yesterday is received. The commanding general directs that you will continue to send out scouting parties and watch the movements of the enemy, especially toward Crab Orchard. If any advance is made you will hold him in check as long as possible, reporting promptly to these headquarters all that transpires. The bacon mentioned by you had better be removed to this side of the river, except what is required for immediate consumption by your command. If you need other subsistence stores draw them from Loudon. If you require forage notify the quartermaster here, that it may be sent your by boats. Colonel Starnes' command will remain with you. Colonel Reynolds' brigade is at Loudon, within supporting distance of you when needed. Keep the commanding general constantly advised of all movements.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. F. BELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 17, 1862.

Colonel THOMAS H. TAYLOR,

Commanding Brigade, Morristown, Tenn.:

Come with Third Tennessee Regiment, and leave a staff officer with proper proportion of cooked provision for Alabama regiment, who will follow as soon as possible.

J. F. BELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 17, 1862.

Brigadier General D. LEADBETTER.

Commanding, &c., Chattanooga, Tenn.:

Pickets below the mount of Hiawassee report the enemy on the other