War of the Rebellion: Serial 035 Page 0805 Chapter XXXV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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KNOXVILLE, April 30, 1863.

Brigadier General ARCH. GRACIE, Jr.,

Bear's Station:

Hold your infantry reserve ready to move by railroad on short notice.

By order of Major-General Maury:

D. W. FLOWERREE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE,

Knoxville, April 30, 1863.

Brigadier General A. E. JACKSON,

Commanding Fourth District:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding desires you to return to your command to-day, and, after assigning to the bridge defenses the very smallest force sufficient to hold them, you will be ready to move the remaining available infantry with the greatest possible promptness to any point which may be indicated to you from this office.

Let your brigade quartermaster at once inform himself as to the amount of railroad transportation which may be held available for the movement, without interfering with the necessary transportation of supplies.

These instructions are given in consequence of a telegram from General Johnston last night, requiring that all of the available reserves be held ready for a prompt movement if called for.

Very respectfully, general, your obedient servant,

D. W. FLOWERREE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE,

Knoxville, April 30, 1863.

Brigadier General ARCH. GRACIE, Jr.,

Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: It is important to hold all of the forces of the department available as reserves in such position near the railroad as will enable the general commanding to concentrate them on short notice. He therefore desires that, after assigning to the bridge defenses the very smallest force sufficient to hold them, you will be ready to move the remaining available infantry and a battery of artillery, if you have one near you, with the greatest possible promptness to any point which may be indicated to you from this office.

Let your brigade quartermaster at once inform himself as to the amount of railroad transportation which may be held available for the movement without interfering with the necessary transportation of supplies.

These instructions are given in consequence of a telegram from General Johnston last night, requiring that all the available reserves be held ready for a prompt movement if called for.

Very respectfully, &c.,

D. W. FLOWERREE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.