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in strong force. The re-enforcements should be promptly pushed forward and General Heth telegraphed to come on immediately.

E. KIRBY SMITH,

Major-General, Commanding.

RICHMOND, VA., June 27, 1862.

General LEADBETTER, Chattanooga, Tenn.:

Lawton's cavalry regiment is at Atlanta. If you desire more cavalry it will be ordered to you by telegraph. Answer at once.

G. W. RANDOLPH,

Secretary of War.

RICHMOND, VA., June 27, 1862.

Colonel H. W. HILLARD, Montgomery, Ala.:

Does the telegraph report you correctly in saying you can move your infantry by the 22nd of July? This will be too late for service at Chattanooga. I had hoped that you could move 1,000 men at least in forty-eight hours. by the 22nd of July the fate of the campaign may be determined. I can send arms to Chattanooga the men?

G. W. RANDOLPH,

Secretary of War.

CHATTANOOGA, TENN., June 27, 1862.

Honorable GEORGE W. RANDOLPH, Richmond, Va.:

It will be well to order Lawton's cavalry here, but what we now need is 15,000 infantry. Buell's army is believed to be crossing at Decatur, coming up the Huntsville Railroad, and concentrating at Battle Creek, below Jasper. If re-enforced here by General Smith, Knoxville and the Tennessee road are wholly exposed.

D. LEADBETTER,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE,

Knoxville, June 27, 1862.

General BRAXTON BRAGG, Tupelo, Miss.:

Buell is reported crossing the river at Decatur and daily sending a regiment by rail toward Chattanooga. I have no force to repel such an attack.

E. KIRBY SMITH,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE,

Knoxville, June 27, 1862.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.:

General Leadbetter telegraphs that he learns upon good authority that the Memphis and Charleston Railroad trains bring up one regiment