War of the Rebellion: Serial 035 Page 0463 Chapter XXXV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Beech Grove, June 26, 1863-11 p. m.

Major-General McCOOK, Commanding Twentieth Army Corps:

The general commanding directs you to move your train forward to this place at 3 o'clock to-morrow morning, with orders to close up with General Thomas' train, now moving toward Manchester. At early dawn put your command in motion to this place, evacuating Liberty Gap as silently and secretly as possible. It may be best to move your force not holding the gap before that hour.

General Sheridan will read this dispatch, and act in obedience to it. He will forward it to any other division commander that may be in the route between him and General McCook. Department headquarters will be here till the head of General McCook's column arrives.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. A. GARFIELD,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,

Old Millersburg, June 26, 1863-Midnight.

(Received headquarters, June 27-3 a. m.)

General JAMES A. GARFIELD, Chief of Staff:

The following dispatch has just been received from Brigadier-General Davis, commanding First Division, stationed at Liberty Gap:

A prisoner just captured reports two brigades at Wartrace, General Cleburne in command. General Liddell commanded the forces fighting us this afternoon. He also reports General Wharton as having been engaged. The Thirty-eighth Illinois captured the battle-flag of the Second Arkansas. He reports Hardee at Tullahoma.

Very respectfully,

W. P. CARLIN,

Brigadier-General.

Respectfully forwarded to General McCook.

JEF. C. DAVIS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding First Division.

Very respectfully,

A. McD. McCOOK,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,

June 26, 1863.

Colonel POST,

Commanding First Brigade:

COLONEL: General Davis directs that you make preparations and withdraw your brigade at 8.45 this evening, with a view to returning to Millersburg. You will cause fires to be made along the whole of your present front at dark. Withdraw your pickets quietly at the proper time.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

T. W. MORRISON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

P. S.-Arriving at Millersburg, you will bivouac on your old ground, or where you can find a suitable place.