War of the Rebellion: Serial 049 Page 0792 OPERATIONS IN N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XLI.

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You will see the necessity for keeping you men well in hand, and prepared for any move, as it can hardly be presumed that the enemy in your front will again be so inactive as on the former advance of General Burnside.

General Williams has been forced back to Abingdon. The force of the enemy is variously estimated at from eight to seventeen regiments, and a battle is deemed imminent. The major-general commanding and staff let here on a special train this morning. Let me have the earliest information of affairs in your front, that I may communicate it to him.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. S. STRINGFELLOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN VIRGINIA,

Dublin, October 16, 1863.

Colonel JOHN McCAUSLAND,

Commanding, &c.:

COLONEL: The advance of the enemy on Abingdon has again required that the Sixtieth [Virginia] Regiment should be hurried to that point. The enemy was last night about 3 miles this side of Bristol, and a fight is daily expected. General Williams has been driven back by a very largely superior force.

The major-general commanding desires you to hold your troops ready for any move, and to forward the earliest information of affairs in your front. It can hardly be expected that General Scammon will again remain inactive, but the certainly of active operations near Saltville requires the immediate concentration of our forces at and near that point, though you are thereby exposed.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. S. STRINGFELLOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

DUBLIN, October 17, 1863.

Major General SAMUEL JONES,

Abingdon:

The Thirty-sixth [Virginia] Battalion will be here this evening, in accordance with your order. What disposition shall I make of them? McCausland says he does not need the cavalry. Do you want them?

CHAS. S. STRINGFELLOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN VIRGINIA,

October 17, 1863.

Colonel JOHN McCAUSLAND,

Commanding, &c.:

COLONEL: I have received your telegram of this morning, but not your letter alluded to in it. Have sent your telegram to the major-general commanding, who left here for Abingdon in a special train yesterday morning, and will forward you his answer without