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KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 20 1862.

General BRAXTON BRAGG, Tupelo, Miss.:

Cumberland Gap, being turned was abandoned to prevent its investment; my command concentrating along the railroad. This valley and railroad is of vital importance and should not be abandoned without a struggle. An immediate re-enforcement of at least two brigades is necessary to insure success.

E. KIRBY SMITH.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 20, 1862.

Captain J. M. GALT,

Commanding Post, Lynchburg, Va.:

CAPTAIN: Arms are very much needed in this department. Major General E. Kirby Smith directs me to ask if you cannot furnish 500 stand, which are required for the immediate use of his command. Major T. W. Adrian has been ordered to proceed to Lynchburg, with authority to receive from you such quantity as can be supplied there. A large portion of our cavalry are unarmed. Carbines and shot-guns or arms suitable for mounted men are greatly wanted, and a supply at this time would add material to our means of defense of this important department, now threatened on all sides by the enemy.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. F. BELTON.

[JUNE 20, 1862. - For order of the President assigning Bragg permanently to command of Western Department, see Series I, Vol. XVII, Part II, p. 614.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 21, 1862.

Brigadier General D. LEADBETTER, Chattanooga, Tenn.:

Colonel Howard at Charleston reports the enemy in large body up Soddy Creek. He had 1 man killed and 1 taken prisoner in attempting to get their boats. Can you not take immediate measures for the destruction of these boats?

J. F. BELTON.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 21, 1862.

Brigadier General D. LEADBETTER, Chattanooga, Tenn.:

When expedition goes to Soddy Creek destroy Clift's saw-mill and all lumber and boats there.

By command of Major General E. Kirby Smith:

J. E. BELTON.

RICHMOND, June 21, 1862.

Honorable W. G. SWAN, M. C.

Dr. J. G. M. RAMSEY, Knoxville, Tenn.:

GENTLEMEN: Your letters of the 16th instant,* in relation to the condition of things in East Tennessee, have been received and have been attentively considered.

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