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LA GRANGE, TENN., August 28, 1862. Received at Tupelo [via Holly Springs], August 29, 1862.

Major THOMAS L. SNEAD,

Chief of Staff:

Your dispatch received. I will spare no efforts to make a dash on them. Nothing between here and Bolivar. I was right in my surmises about that place. Push the other cavalry after them. I will co-operate rapidly.

ARMSTRONG.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE WEST, Tupelo, Miss., August 28, 1862.

Brigadier General HENRY LITTLE, Commanding Division:

GENERAL: You will order Captain E. J. Sanders to move northward immediately with his company and Captain Mann's Partisan Rangers for the purpose of ascertaining the position and movements of the enemy between the Mobile and Ohio Railroad and Tuscumbia. These companies are now at Bay Springs. You may attach Lieutenant Wells' scouts to the command if you see fit to do so. Captain Sanders will report daily to these headquarters through you.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

THOS. L. SNEAD,

Chief of Staff.

VAN BUREN, TENN., Eight miles from Holly Springs, south of Bolivar, Tenn., August 29, 1862.

Major SNEAD,

Chief of Staff:

All right up here. The Federals have concentrated everything at Bolivar. My command is getting on finely. My plan is succeeding finely.

ARMSTRONG.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE WEST, Tupelo, Miss., August 30, 1862.

Brigadier General FRANK C. ARMSTRONG,

Commanding Cavalry Brigade:

GENERAL: Your dispatches from Holly Springs by Dr. Webb and from La Grange by telegraph have been received, and the major-general commanding instructs me to say that measures will be promptly taken to give an efficient support to the movement suggested in his dispatch of the 27th to you, and adopted in yours of the 28th instant. He is confirmed in the opinion that is the proper movement, but he does not make his instructions imperative. He expects you, however, to keep him fully advised of your whereabouts. Colonel Falkner reports that he inflicted a severe loss upon the enemy in his late operations, with the loss of only one man captured.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

THOS. L. SNEAD,

Chief of Staff.

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