to left wing, Army of the Mississippi, and will report to Major-General Hardee.
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By command of General Bragg:
JNO. M. OTEY,
Abstract from Field Return of the right wing of the Army of the Mississippi, commanded by Major General L. Polk, August 26, 1862 [headquarters Chattanooga].
Present for duty
Troops Officers Men Officers Men
Cheatham's 541 4,718 - -
Withers' 562 7,424 - -
Cavalry company - - 2 46
Grand total 1,103 12,142 2 46
Troops Officers Men Effecti Aggrega Aggrega
ve te te
total present present
Cheatham's 17 285 5,393 6,291 8,737
Withers' 11 312 8,114 9,304 14,390
Cavalry - - 50 52 68
Grand total 28 597 13,557 15,647 23,195
CHATTANOOGA, TENN., August 27, 1862.
General S. COOPER,
Adjutant and Inspector General:
We move tomorrow. Buell has fallen back to Nashville and is fortifying. We crossed and took possession of Bridgeport last night. Kirby Smith, having turned Cumberland Gap, is marching on Lexington.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF KENTUCKY, Barboursville, Ky., August 27, 1862.
General BRAXTON BRAGG,
Commanding Department No. 2:
GENERAL: Your letter of 24th instant came safely to hand last night. I am now fully committed to my advance policy, as two of my divisions will leave London tomorrow for Richmond. My intention is to push rapidly forward to secure the passage of the Kentucky River. If I can do this I think all will go well. My only concern is as regards re-enforcements, for though I have men enough to win one battle, yet if it should be a well-conducted one I may need a few recruits to enable me to reap the fruits of this victory; therefore, if it be possible, do send me Breckinridge with his Kentuckians. I shall instruct General McCown to prepare transportation with the view of his arrival at Knoxville.
I am, sir, most respectfully, your obedient servant,
E. KIRBY SMITH,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT NO.2, Chattanooga, Tenn., August 27, 1862.
Major General STERLING PRICE,
Commanding District of the Tennessee, Tupelo, Miss.:
GENERAL: We move from here immediately, later by some days than