War of the Rebellion: Serial 035 Page 0864 KY., MID. AND E. TENN., N. ALA., AND SW. VA. Chapter XXXV.

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were driven in. The information gained is that the force at Readyville is the same that has been stationed there during the whole spring and part of last winter, one brigade, commanded by General Hazen, consisting of four regiments of infantry and one battalion of cavalry, numbering in all about 1,600 men.

I am, major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOS. M. JONES,

Adjutant.

KNOXVILLE, June 5, 1863.

Major General SAMUEL JONES:

Indications of Burnside's intention to advance into East Tennessee. Pontoon trains and four batteries left Somerset for Cumberland River; ten regiments of infantry and three of cavalry; preparated rations for ten days. On the 1st, two additional brigades were hourly expected at Somerset. Federals think Burnside's and Rosecrans' advance necessary to extricate Grant.

V. SHELIHA,

Chief of Staff.

KNOXVILLE, June 5, 1863.

Brigadier General W. W. MACKALL,

Chief of Staff, Tullahoma:

Burnside advancing upon us. Ten regiments of infantry and three of cavalry at Somerset. Four batteries and pontoon train left Somerset on June 2 for Cumberland River. Talk among the fellows of a general forward movement by Burnside and Rosecrans, to relive Grant of his critical position. This information is reliable.

V. SHELIHA,

Chief of Staff.

KNOXVILLE, June 5, 1863.

Brigadier General ARCH. GRACE, Jr.,

Cumberland Gap:

General Pegram reports, June 3, from Monticello: Ten regiments of infantry, three of cavalry, and four batteries at Somerset. Two additional brigades hourly expected. Troops were cooking eight days' rations. Pontoon train had arrived. Indications of a generals advance of the enemy, both by Burnside and Rosecrans. Shall keep you posted of this movement.

The two Parrott guns be being prepared, and will be sent back to you to-morrow.

V. SHELIHA,

Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE, Knoxville, June 5, 1863.

Brigadier General J. PEGRAM,

Commanding Cavalry Brigade:

GENERAL: Your dispatches of June 3 just received.

Fifteen thousand rations are being sent to Wartburg. Supplies will be forwarded to you as circumstances require. Re-enforcemetns will be