War of the Rebellion: Serial 023 Page 0999 Chapter XXVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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issue any instructions to Brigadier-General Maxey to prevent straggling and to secure compactness of movement on the march. His experience will suggest the proper dispositions. Brigadier-General Maxey will report as soon as his command is ready to move to these headquarters.

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IX. The major-general commanding desires to put the troops in motion by Sunday next at the latest.

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By command of Major-General Breckinridge:


Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.


Near Knoxville, October 12, 1862.


GENERAL: I have just received intelligence which compels me to write to you in this irregular way. I send this by courier to overtake Captain [James] Nocquet.

By orders from Richmond, I am to leave all the Tennessee here. General Jones will send them forward to operate against Nashville; possibly to defend Murfreesborough or Chattanooga. The reserve at Corinth complicates matters.

I started Brigadier-General Maxey this morning, via Cumberland Gap and London, with over 5,000 men, and will follow on Tuesday, the 14th, with 1,500 Kentuckians and two batteries. This includes the Second Kentucky, Colonel Hanson, with Graves' battery, being exchanged prisoners. Please save me a good command. I bring but 1,000 of my old division, but they are excellent troops.

I hope you are satisfied with my energy since I was allowed to leave Grand Junction. I have encountered every difficulty a man could meet, and but for some transportation I clung to and brought with me, would be wholly paralyzed.

Very truly,





No. 38. Knoxville, October 12, 1862.

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XII. The command will move by way of Tazewell and Cumberland Gap, with two days' cooked rations in haversacks and 40 rounds of ammunition in cartridge-boxes, on Tuesday, the 14th, at 8 a. m. The Second Kentucky Regiment in advance, followed by the First Brigade; batteries in rear of infantry, in order of their commands; baggage, ordnance, and supply trains in rear of all the troops. A suitable rear guard to each command, and rear guard of 1 commissioned officer and 50 men, to move in rear of trains, and rear of trains, will be detailed from the First Brigade. The transportation furnished is deemed sufficient for an adequate supply of tents and camp equipage. The firing of small-arms on the march is