War of the Rebellion: Serial 035 Page 0894 KY., MID. AND E. TENN., N. ALA., AND SW. VA. Chapter XXXV.

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road. I started the man who knew all the facts to you this evening, but he failed to get to you. He left Manchester to-day, and came all along the road. He is reliable, and had a pass, the enemy believing he was a friend. I know the man well.

A. S. COLYAR.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN VIRGINIA, Dublin, June 30, 1863.

Brigadier General JOHN S. WILLIAMS,

Saltville:

Following telegram just received:

The officer commanding pickets at Pound Gap reports that on the 28th enemy's pickets within few miles of the gap. There is but little doubt that the enemy are advancing in that direction. Force as stated, to wit, 2, 200 men.

I have Pound Gap road picketed. Would suggest that you picket Jeffersonville and Louisa Fork road.

W. PRESTON,

Brigadier-General.

Send out pickets, as requested, if you can do so.

By order:

CHAS. S. STRINGFELLOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

DECHERD, June [30?], 1863-11 p. m.

General POLK:

Send the dispatch below to General Hardee post-haste, and as soon as Wheeler's forces cross to this side in obedience thereto, destroy instantly the Allisona Bridge, and report it done to General Hardee:

Give you following order, from General Bragg, to General Wheeler: "Cross your cavalry at once to this side of the river by the Allisona Bridge."

To you the general says, destroy the Bethpage Bridge at once, and report it done. When will the Elk be fordable?

W. W. MACKALL,

Chief of Staff.

DECHERD, July 1, 1863.

General POLK:

The general commanding requests you to send your engineer troops at once to repair the road leading over the mountain, as far as University Place.

Yours, respectfully,

H. W. WALTER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

DECHERD, July 1, 1863.

General POLK:

Is the river now fordable? Is it so falling as to be fordable by morning? Is the railroad bridge destroyed? Are all the troops and trains this side?

W. W. MACKALL.