War of the Rebellion: Serial 035 Page 0694 KY.,MID. AND E.TENN.,N.ALA.,AND SW. VA. Chapter XXXV.

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CHAPEL HILL, March 14, 1863-2.30 a.m.

General POLK,

Shelbyville, Tenn.:

GENERAL: Nothing additional since my last from the enemy in my front. A scout leaving their vicinity at 9 o'clock had failed to discover any move or change after dark, up to that time.

General Wharton's dispatch containing orders read.

Very respectfully,

P. D. RODDEY,

Colonel.

NEAR WIDOW BROWN'S HOUSE,

March 14, 1863-11 a.m.

General POLK,

Shelbyville, Tenn.:

GENERAL: We are at this point, 1 mile from Rover, waiting signal. There has been a few guns fired near Eagleville toward a scouting party of ours. A scout from Holt's Corners reports twenty to thirty guns fired west of that point; don't know anything of the cause, as I have no scout in that direction.

Very respectfully,

P. D. RODDEY,

Colonel.

UNIONVILLE-1 p.m.

Lieutenant General LEONIDAS POLK:

GENERAL: The enemy have not yet advanced; I am expecting them. Please keep the prisoner sent by Colonel Hagan, who claims to be Rosecrans' orderly, until Colonel Malone arrives, which will be to-night or early in the morning. If Davis comes, we will give them the best fight there is in us. I am satisfied if the courier's things, saddle, &c., were thoroughly examined, dispatches would be found. I am entirely out of paper and envelopes. The enemy are now at Eagleville.

Respectfully, general,

JNO. A. WHARTON.

CHAPEL HILL, March [14], 1863-11 p.m.

General POLK,

Shelbyville, Tenn.:

GENERAL: Nothing additional from the enemy's line. I have scouts in my front, none of whom have reported since my last, at 5 o'clock; they will, however, if anything comes within their observation worth sending in.

Very respectfully,

P. D. RODDEY,

Colonel.

P. S.-Before starting this inclosure, inclosed dispatch is received from my scout, which is perfectly reliable.

[Inclosure.]

[MARCH 14], 1863.

Colonel RODDEY:

According to your instructions, I have scouted the country between Chapel Hill and the enemy's lines, which we discovered by receiving