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[CHAP. XXXV.

Numbers 18. Report of Brigadier General James B. Steedman, U. S. Army, commanding Second Brigade.

JUNE 30, 1863.

GENERAL: I have the honor to report that I have advanced some three-quarters of a mile. I have met with very little resistance. A few shots exchanged. The trains on railroad were kept very busy all night. The general impression of listeners on the front was that they came in light and returned southward loaded.

The message sent you last night was taken from the person of the courier shot yesterday p.m., who died last night.

Respectfully, &c.,

JAMES B. STEEDMAN,

Brigadier-General.

Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS,

Commanding Fourteenth Army Corps.

P. S.-There is no support visible on either of my flanks.

Numbers 19. Reports of Major General Joseph J. Reynolds, U. S. Army, commanding Fourth Division.

HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, June 26, 1863-7.30 p.m.

Division all up. Wilder has arrived without accident. Reports the road up McBride's Creek very good. He encamps in our immediate front, 4 1/4 miles from Manchester. He picked up some 6 to 10 prisoners to-day. Our train is coming, but has not yet reported. All cheerful and ready for orders.

J. J. REYNOLDS,

Major-General, Commanding Division.

Lieutenant Colonel GEORGE E. FLYNT.

P. S.-Dispatch of General Thomas, 6.30 p.m., this moment received, and will be attended to.

HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Manchester, Tenn., June 28, 1863.

COLONEL: I herewith submit a summary of the operations of this division since leaving Murfreesborough.

The Fourth Division, Fourteenth Army Corps, left Murfreesborough at 4 a.m. on the 24th instant, taking the Manchester pike. The division moved in the following order: First Brigade (mounted infantry), Colonel J. T. Wilder; Second Brigade (infantry), Colonel M. S. Robinson (Colonel Hall left sick), and Third Brigade (infantry), Brigadier General George Crook. The advance met the cavalry pickets of the enemy about 2 miles in front of the picket line of our forces, as encamped at Murfreesborough; drove them on the reserve, represented to be the Third Confederate Cavalry, and pushed the whole through Hoover's Gap, our extreme advance