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CHATTANOOGA, March 16, 1863.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General:

It is reported by General Bragg that there is no probability in the supposed Federal advance up the Tennessee River.

BENJ. S. EWELL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

MARCH 16, 1863.

Lieutenant-General POLK:

GENERAL: Mr. [W. S.] Allen, General Wheeler's operator at Forsterville, tells me this morning that two ladies arrived there from Murfreesborough yesterday evening, who report that a large portion of Rosecrans' army had started in the direction of Nashville, for what purpose was not known.

Respectfully,

W. P. JOHNSON,

Operator.

CHAPEL HILL, March 16, 1863-6.30 a.m.

Lieutenant-General POLK,

Headquarters Shelbyville, Tenn.:

GENERAL: All quiet in front of this position.

Very respectfully,

P. D. RODDEY,

Colonel.

CHAPEL HILL, March 16, 1863-Noon.

Lieutenant-General POLK,

Commanding Shelbyville, Tenn.:

GENERAL: Everything quiet on my line. A rumor from College Grove says the enemy have built a bridge across Harpeth and are expected at College Grove. Nothing reliable to confirm the rumor has come within my knowledge.

Very respectfully,

P. D. RODDEY,

Colonel.

CHAPEL HILL, March 16, 1863-11 p.m.

General POLK,

Shelbyville, Tenn.:

GENERAL: All quiet in front this evening. Scout just in from the vicinity of Versailles at 4 o'clock this evening. Coming back of their pickets, at Major Winn's house, on to the pike at Eagleville, half hour to sunset, they report everything clear at that time. Enemy's pickets at Winn's house. A scout from College Grove, at 3 p.m., report citizens excited; expecting Federals this evening or nearly to-morrow.

Very respectfully,

P. D. RODDEY,

Colonel.