War of the Rebellion: Serial 035 Page 0731 Chapter XXXV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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Confederate. I really think that it is nothing more than fair that [John T.] Cox should be relieved. I will be ready to start Saturday, and, if desired, will move rapidly. I await your orders.

Most respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNO. A. WHARTON,

Brigadier-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF EAST TENNESSEE,

Numbers 64.

Knoxville, March 30, 1863.

I. To non-combatants and persons exempt from military duty residing within the Department of East Tennessee, desirous of removing beyond the Confederate lines, permits will be granted upon application to the department commander.

II. Applications for passports will be made through the deputy provost-marshal, within whose district the applicant resides, to Colonel John E. Toole, provost-marshal for the department, and by him referred to the department commander, who will indicate the route to be traveled.

By command of Brigadier General D. S. Donelson:

J. G. MARTIN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHAPEL HILL, March 31, 1863-8 a. m.

General LEONIDAS POLK,

Shelbyville, Tenn.:

GENERAL: Nothing new from the front this morning. I am ordered to North Alabama with my regiment by General Bragg, and the column is now moving. I have turned over the command at this place to Colonel [J.] Patterson.

Very respectfully,

P. D. RODDEY,

Colonel.

CHAPEL HILL, TENN., March 31, 1863-2 p. m.

General LEONIDAS POLK,

Shelbyville, Tenn.:

GENERAL: Nothing new except that a cavalry force of the enemy followed a foraging party of mine to within 8 miles of this place last night. They came from Triune.

Very respectfully,

P. D. RODDEY,

Colonel.

HEADQUARTERS WHARTON'S CAVALRY, Unionville, March 31, 1863-6 p. m.

Lieutenant General LEONIDAS POLK,

Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: A scout from the rear of Murfreesborough has just returned. They learned but little, save a very large number of ambulances had lately arrived at Murfreesborough. I sent Lieutenant-Colonel Ferrill, with six companies of Texas Rangers, on a scout this morning