War of the Rebellion: Serial 023 Page 0706 KY., M. AND E. TENN., N. ALA., AND SW. VA. Chapter XXVIII.

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KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 24, 1862.

Major A. R. HARPER, Maynardville, Tenn.:

The commanding general directs that your order a reconnaissance in Powell's Valley and about the gaps, and ascertain, if possible, the movements of the enemy in that quarters.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. F. BELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 24, 1862.

General S. COOPER, Richmond, Va.:

I request that Brigadier-General Leadbetter be relieved from duty in this department and an efficient be ordered in command of the troops at Chattanooga.

E. KIRBY SMITH,

Major-General, Commanding.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 24, 1862.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.:

General Bragg having notified me that no re-enforcements can be expected from his army* the War Department should be plainly apprised of my situation. I have an army opposed to me which, though numerically superior, I believe that I can hold in check were my flank at Chattanooga secure. Should the enemy operate against Chattanooga at the same time that he makes an advance upon my front, either Chattanooga must fall or the upper portion of this departments be abandoned. If the Government wishes Chattanooga secured a re-enforcement of at least 2,000 armed men must be immediately sent there and an officer of ability assigned to the command.

E. KIRBY SMITH,

Major-General, Commanding.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 25, 1862.

Colonel THOMAS H. TAYLOR,

Commanding First Brigade:

COLONEL: The major-general commanding directs me to inform you, in response to a communication from your headquarters signed by your acting assistant adjutant-general, that there is no objection to the removal of your command to a pass in the mountain between what is called the Maynardville Valley and Blain's Cross-Roads, provided it is not thereby separated form Colonel Reynolds' brigade, which will remain at the latter place, a greater distance that 3 or 4 miles. He also approves your suggestion for the purchase of commissary supplies in tht neighborhood. A train of 15 wagons loaded with rations will leave Knoxville to-day. The officer in charge of it has instructions to

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* See Smith to Cooper, June 23, p.702.

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