War of the Rebellion: Serial 023 Page 0697 Chapter XXVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - CONFEDERATE.

Search Civil War Official Records

command at Chattanooga. Two should be sent me, for if general Leadbetter is relieved there will be but two officers of that grade in this department.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. KIRBY SMITH,

Major-General, Commanding.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 22, 1862.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.:

GENERAL: I respectfully request that one or more engineer officers of skill and experience be directed to report to me for duty in this department. The movements of the enemy on North Alabama and Middle tennessee indicate that the router into Georgia from Chattanooga may now become their line of operations. The mountainous character of that country renders it easy of defense at many points against superior forces by the aid of engineer skill.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. F. BELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 22, 1862.

Brigadier General D. LEADBETTER, Chattanooga, Tenn.:

Send to Knoxville immediately 1,000 effective infantry. Let Hundley's regiment be among them. hold an additional 1,000 in readiness to follow.

By command of Major General E. Kirby Smith:

J. F. BELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 22, 1862.

Colonel A. W. REYNOLDS,

Commanding, Loudon, Tenn.:

Send up Starnes' cavalry without delay.

By command of Major General E. Kirby Smith:

J. F. BELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 22, 1862.

Brigadier General C. L. STEVENSON,

Commanding, near Clinch Mountain, Tenn.:

GENERAL: Your communication of 6 p. m., June 21, has been received. The commanding general directs me to say that he does not wish the clinch Mountain given up without a show of resistance. His desire was to force the enemy down the Tazewell road. Barton can be ordered up by you within supporting distance and Taylor will be directed to take post Blain's Cross-Roads. The general directs me to