STEVENSON, AUGUST 12, 1863.
Major -General McCOOK:
The following is a copy of a telegram just received from General Lytle,at Bridgeport. I send it for your information:
BRIDGEPORT, August 12, 1863.
P. H. SHERIDAN,
Howell and Mr. Allen,deserters from Forty-fourth Mississippi,report five regiments opposite-the Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, Forty-first,and Forty-fourth Mississippi,also one battalion of sharpshooters and battery.
Brigade is pocketing about 12 miles of river,from Island Creek to Battle Creek.
Rebel force,2,000 I think. Bridge is prepared to burn. Think of Orders, No. 175, Department of the Cumberland,was circulated to Anderson's brigade it would cause a stampede.
Men afraid of being conscripted if they desert. Mississippians anxious to get home,now Vicksburg has fallen.
About 25 or 30 men,rebel picket station,fired on Island Ford last night,probably at deserters. Our men did not reply.
All quiet here to-day.
W. H. LYTLE,
P. H. SHERIDAN,
NASHVILLE, August 12, 1863-9.30 p.m.
General G. GRANGER:
Have reports from different sources concerning Forrest. One that he was at Liberty with 1,000 men;had Morgan send spy to learn about it. Another he was on this side of Tennessee River with two brigades;directed Mizner,who had same information,to send 2 or 3 men west and south. Everybody is on the lookout.
WM. C. RUSSELL,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS CHIEF OF CAVALRY,
DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
August 12, 1863.
Major F. S. BONE,
MAJOR:Your note says send a detachment to Pulaski. Do you not mean Fayetteville?Pulaski is three days' march from this place. Gum Spring is a better place than Salem for the regiment to stop.
Please answer before I send the order.
D. S. STANLEY,
HEADQUARTERS, August 12, 1863.
GENERAL: The intention is to protect Governor Johnson and party,who intend going to Fayetteville to -morrow. The general commanding will leave it to you to give the necessary instructions,think-