War of the Rebellion: Serial 023 Page 0710 KY., M. AND E. TENN., N. ALA., AND SW. VA. Chapter XXVIII.

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daily, which is pushed on to Battle Creek, and that Buell's army is crossing the river at Decatur by steam ferry-boat. Where is General Heth? He should be pushed on to Chattanooga and the re-enforcements speedily forwarded. I am weak from typhoid fever and may break down in taking the field. General Heth's arrival at Chattanooga will greatly lessen my anxiety.

E. KIRBY SMITH.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT NO.2,

No. 96. Tupelo, June 27, 1862.

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II. Major-General McCown will repair with all practicable dispatch with his division of the Army of the West to Chattanooga and report for duty to Major General E. Kirby Smith.

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By command of General Bragg:

THOMAS JORDAN.

[JUNE 27, 1862. - For orders of Bragg assuming permanent command of Western Department, see Series I, Vol. XVII, Part II, p.626.]

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 28, 1862.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.:

General Stevenson reports the enemy at Cumberland Gap re-enforced by 6,000 troops. They probably have more than thirty regiments there. Prisoners state General Morgan was ordered to delay his advance for some days, evidently awaiting co-operation of Buell's army. Large re-enforcements speedily forwarded can alone save Chattanooga.

E. KIRBY SMITH.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 28, 1862.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.:

General Leadbetter telegraphs this morning that all the information received by him indicated that Buell's army is moving up to Bridgeport, and that large re-enforcements should be sent without delay by the War Department.

E. KIRBY SMITH.

RICHMOND, VA., June 28, 1862.

Major General W. W. LORING, Dublin Depot, Va.:

Where is General Heth? His presence at Chattanooga is urgently required; the enemy is advancing upon it in heavy force. General E. Kirby Smith is sick and unable to take the field. Unless General Heth