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KNOXVILLE, TENN., July 16, 1862.

Brigadier General C. L. STEVENSON,

Commanding First Division, Bean's Station, Tenn.:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs me to say that he wishes Powell's Valley constantly scoured with cavalry and every approach carefully watched to prevent a recurrence of surprises by the enemy like that at Wallace's Cross-Roads. The enemy should be kept in close to the Gap. General McCown telegraphs to-day that he as it from two sources the enemy are in Sequatchie Valley, moving in the direction of Dunlap and Pikeville.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. L. CLAY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., JULY 16, 1862.

Colonel JOHN S. SCOTT,

Commanding, Kingston, Tenn.:

Push scouts up Clinch Valley. Reported enemy intends approaching Loudon via Kingston. Dispatch sent you to-day by courier.

H. L. CLAY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., July 16, 1862.

Brigadier General C. L. STEVENSON, Morristown, Tenn.:

General McCown telegraphs nothing but a scouting party in Sequatchie Valley. The taking of Murfreesborough confirmed. I advised you by letter sent by freight train this morning that Captain Owen reported the four regiments of Federal infantry from Wallace's Cross-Roads had crossed the river, going toward Big Creek Gap.

H. L. CLAY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., July 17, 1862.

Major General JOHN P. McCOWN, Chattanooga, Tenn.:

Send the infantry of Colonel Davis' brigade and the Marion Artillery to Loudon.

H. L. CLAY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT NO.2,

No. 123. Tupelo, Miss., July 17, 1862.

The following operations will take place without delay:

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II. The available cavalry force of the Army of the West, under Acting Brigadier-General Armstrong, will move at once toward the Tennessee River as hear as practicable to Decatur. General Armstrong will communicate with Captain Roddey, commanding cavalry scouts in that quarter,