September 15 to 21.-Marched to New Market and returned, 98 miles.
September 24.-Marched to Sweet Water and returned, 32 miles.
October 6.-Battery ordered back to First Division, Ninth Army Corps.
October 7 to 10.-Marched from Loudon to Blue Springs, 97 miles, joined Ninth Army Corps, and engaged enemy for a short time.
October 11.-Followed enemy to Rheatown, 20 miles.
October 13 to 17.-Returned to Knoxville, 85 miles. On the march to Blue Spring and back, the infantry proceeded by rail. The batteries were forced along at the rate of 30 miles a day in order to arrive as soon after the infantry as possible. I lost 12 horses from no other cause than their being totally exhausted for want of rest and food.*
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
WM. W. BUCKLEY,
Captain, Comdg. Battery D, First Rhode Island Artillery.
Brigadier General E. C. MAURAN,
Adjutant-General, State of Rhode Island.
Reports of Major General Samuel Jones, C. S. Army, commanding
Department of Western Virginia and East Tennessee.
ABINGDON, September 11, 1863.
I have received a dispatch from Colonel Carter, commanding near Lee Court-House, informing me that Cumberland Gap capitulated on the 9th. He got his information from officers who said they escaped after the pass capitulated. I hope they were deserters, and the report not true. If It is true, I will need re-enforcements more than ever. Can I get any?
General S. COOPER,
Adjutant and Inspector General.
September 12, 1863.
General SAMUEL JONES:
Your dispatch of yesterday received. It conveys intelligence so wholly unaccountable and unexpected that I have to request you will obtain the fullest information on the subject and report by telegraph.
ABINGDON, September 13, 1863.
Your telegram of yesterday received. The most authentic information I have from Cumberland Gap is from a Captain Patrick H.
*For remainder of report, see Series I, Vol. XXXI, Part I, p. 346.