War of the Rebellion: Serial 035 Page 0688 KY.,MID. AND E.TENN.,N.ALA.,AND SW. VA. Chapter XXXV.

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(of Davis' division) about Versailles, or Eagleville. Davis' division are said to have moved on from Eagleville, perhaps about 10 o'clock night before last, toward Spring Hill. The brigade about Versailles or Eagleville is either a part of Davis' division or an additional brigade which followed him.

Colonel Walthall has just informed me that a courier from Roddey passed here about 9 o'clock, reporting all quiet there last night, and that scouts would be sent out this morning.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. P. STEWART,

Brigadier-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE,

No. 60. Richmond, Va., March 12, 1863.

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XIII. Brigadier General Marcus J. Wright, Provisional Army of the Confederate States, will proceed without delay to Chattanooga, Tenn., and report to General Joseph E. Johnston, commanding, for assignment to duty with the brigade lately commanded by General Cleburne.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. POLK'S CORPS, ARMY OF TENN.,

No. 51. Shelbyville, Tenn., March 12, 1863.

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VI. Brigadier General W. B. Bate will report to Brigadier-General Stewart, commanding McCown's division, for assignment to the command of Rains' brigade.

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By command of Lieutenant-General Polk:

THOMAS M. JACK,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHATTANOOGA, TENN., March 13, 1863.

Colonel B. S. EWELL,

Asst. Adjt. General and Chief of Staff:

COLONEL: Under instructions from General Johnston, I have been for some days past prosecuting an inquiry into the probable prospect of supplying the army of General Bragg with salt meat from the country adjacent to that command, the object of this being mainly, as I understand, to protect the reserve supplies at Atlanta and elsewhere, in the event of a contingency. I hasten to communicate the result of this investigation, so far as I have been able to make it.

Taking the testimony of gentleman of character and credibility, who are familiar with the resources of the country, I should say that in the tier of counties lying to the right and left of the railroad to Shelbyville, from Stevenson, there were supplies sufficient, if energetically collected, to subsist General Brag's command for certainly two months. The counties of Lincoln, Giles, and Maury are particularly mentioned, Major V. K. Stevenson, president of Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad, venturing the opinion that the former county alone has a surplus of 800,000 pounds of salt meat. It is suggested that Captain Moses Cruse,