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ing at those posts? If not, I will advance them on their respective pikes as I advance in the center. Major Smith has positive orders not to quit that brigade until it is destroyed.

Most respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNumbers A. WHARTON,

Colonel, Commanding First Cavalry Brigade.

Abstract from Field Return of the right wing of the Army of the Mississippi, commanded by Major General L. Polk, September 28, 1862 (headquarters Bardstown, Ky.)

Present for duty.

Infantry. Artillery.

Troops. Officers. Men. Officers. Men.

Cheatham's division 613 4,891 16 372

Withers' division 466 5,000 11 310

Grand total 1,079 9,891 27 682

Troops. Effective Aggregate Aggregate

total. present. present and

absent.

Cheatham's division 5,598 6,603 9,646

Withers' division 5,746 6,765 11,806

Grand total 11,363 11,363 21,452

NOTE ON ORIGINAL. Jackson's brigade, Withers' division, aggregate 2,677, detached.

GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

Numbers 9. Bardstown, Ky., September 28, 1862.

The general commanding, temporarily absent, relinquishes the command of this army to Major-General Polk.

By command of General Bragg:

GEO. G. GARNER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. RIGHT WING, ARMY OF THE MISS.,

In Camp near Bardstown, Ky., 2 1/2 miles east,

Numbers 8. on the Springfield Turnpike, September 28, 1862.

I. The general commanding, having been temporarily placed in command of the Army of the Mississippi, hereby relinquishes the command of the right wing to Major-General Cheatham.

By command of Major-General Polk:

GEORGE WILLIAMSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS EAST TENNESSEE,

Knoxville, between September [28-30], 1862.

Colonel ALEXANDER McKINSTRY,

Commanding at Chattanooga:

COLONEL: In reply to your communication of the 27th major-general commanding directs me to say that no more powder can be spared to contractors, the necessities of the army requiring all that can be procured. All prisoners who have been paroled must be detained at Camp Direction and not allowed to scatter through the country. As