as the enemy have crossed the river and are moving on this point with a very heavy force. Move promptly.
By order of General Pegram:
E. L. STAINBACK,
Major and Assistant Quartermaster.
A dispatch has just been received from Major Brent, stating an advance in "force" of the enemy, "with three pieces of artillery, to within 12 mules of the ford, on Columbia road." Now, I do not think proper to comply with General Pegram's order to move the entire command, as by so doing I would leave everything on my left exposed. I shall advance to his assistance, but will leave at least three regiments and a section of artillery to protect our left and rear. I will leave a courier at Albany, and extend the line to my new whereabouts when I move.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
D. HOWARD SMITH,
Colonel, Commanding Brigade.
LIVINGSTON, May 30, 1863.
GENERAL: I had reached this point when I received this dispatch from Colonel Smith. I think it my duty to return to Albany, as your order did not require me to report immediately at Sparta. I trust you will leave instructions for me, if you leave before I arrive.
B. W. DUKE.
HEADQUARTERS MORGAN'S DIVISION, Sparta, May 31, 1863.
Respectfully forwarded. It will be readily seen that the force moving from Columbia is advancing direct upon the position occupied by my division, which accounts for Colonel Smith's unwillingness to move all his force to assist General Pegram.
JOHN H. MORGAN,
Abstract from field return of the Department of East Tennessee, Major General Simon B. Buckner, C. S. Army, commanding, for May 31, 1863; headquarters Knoxville, Tenn.
Command Office Men Effect Aggrega Aggregat Aggregat
rs ive te e e
total present present present
presen and and
t absent absent
Infantry 561 7,596 8,145 9, 5952 13,680 13,867
Cavalry 484 6,706 7,152 8,179 12,711 12,717
Artiller 37 771 783 847 1, 067 1,065
Sappers 3 95 95 115 124 124
Signal -- 14 14 16 16 16
Total 1,085 15,182 16,189 18,752 27,598 27,789