War of the Rebellion: Serial 023 Page 0743 Chapter XXVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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KNOXVILLE, TENN., August 4, 1862.

Lieutenant Colonel JAMES R. HOWARD,

Commanding Cavalry, Athens, Tenn.:

You will proceed with your command without delay and report to Brigadier General N. B. Forrest wherever he may be.

J. F. BELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., August 4, 1862.

Major General JOHN P. McCOWN,

Commanding, &c., Loudon, Tenn.:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you remain at Loudon, push forward your transportation, and hold your command in readiness to move up. Orders will be sent iou in a few days.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. F. BELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., August 4, 1862.

Brigadier General N. B. FORREST,

Commanding First Cavalry Brigade, Middle Tennessee:

GENERAL: General Bragg having requested it, the major-general commanding directs that you remain in the section of country in which you are now operating. Starnes' regiment, Howard's battalion, and Howald's mountain howitzer battery have been ordered to join you. Scott's brigade, consisting of his own and Lawton's regiments, have been ordered to Kingston. It is important tht the order be obeyed promptly. The should already have reached there.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. F. BELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., August 4, 1862.

Brigadier General N. B. FORREST,

Commanding First Cavalry Brigade:

GENERAL: The commanding general directs me to say that as General Bragg desires you to maintain yourself somewhere in the section of country where you now are, are the order directing you to proceed with your command to Kingston has been countermanded. the regiments of Colonels Scott and Wharton have, however, been ordered to proceed to Kingston and should be there now. Colonel Howard's regiment of cavalry from Athens has been ordered to join you. colonel Starnes' regiment of cavalry and Captain Huwald's howitzer battery, form General Stevenson's division, have also been ordered to join you. It will probably be two weeks before the latter two commands can reach you. Inclosed is a copy of the order reorganizing your brigade, the original of which has been already forwarded you. Colonel Crawford's regiment of cavalry form Georgia, which will report in a few days, will be assigned to your command. the commanding general