obedience to orders. I have telegraphed the commanding officer to give the aid needed. The pay for the men can be procured here.
CHATTANOOGA, TENN., August 31, 1862.
Lieutenant Colonel GEORGE G. GARNER:
COLONEL: Your letters of 29th and 30th instant received. The Twenty-fifth Tennessee Regiment and Colonel Hagan's regiment of cavalry have been ordered to Sparta, as directed in the two letters. Colonel Wade's cavalry regiment has not yet reported to me. When it arrives it will be ordered as directed. Colonel [L. W.] O'Bannon, who you say has been directed to take charge of the supply train, has left here, and I presume is at General Bragg's headquarters by this time. I would be glad to know if he will return to take charge of it.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE, Knoxville, Tenn., September 1, 1862.
Hon. GEORGE W. RANDOLPH,
Secretary of War, Richmond, Va.:
I have just returned from south of Cumberland Ford, and by orders of General Smith assume command of Department of East Tennessee. I am one of these people and think I know them. I shall pursue such policy as my knowledge of the people and the interests of the country dictate, unless otherwise instructed by General Smith or the War Department.
J. P. McCOWN,
GENERAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT NO.2,
No. 127. Pikeville, Tenn., September 1, 1862.
Lieutenant Colonel J. Stoddard Johnston is hereby announced as volunteer aide-de-camp to the general commanding. He will be obeyed and respected accordingly.
By command of General Bragg:
JNO. M. OTEY,
MOBILE, ALA.,* September 2, 1862.
General BRAXTON BRAGG,
Commanding Department No. 2, Chattanooga, Tenn.:
MY DEAR GENERAL: As you have shown your confidence in me by asking my views relative to your intended movement from Tupelo to Middle Tennessee via Mobile and Chattanooga, I have thought, after a
*See Beauregard to Bragg, July 28, Part I, p.711; Beauregard to Cooper, September 5, p.544, and Beuregard to Jones, October 24, and Jones' reply, November 5, post.