HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
WINCHESTER, AUGUST 14, 1863.
Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS,
Commanding Fourteenth Corps:
GENERAL: The general commanding directs me to inquire if you are ready to move with your command, and how many days' rations and forage you have now on had. He further directs that preparatory to moving you provide for your sick,and see that they are supplied with rations,hospital stores,&c.
I have the honor to be,general,very respectfully,your obedient servant,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.
(Same to Major-General McCook,commanding Twentieth Army Cors;Major General J. M. Palmer, commanding Twenty-first Army Corps;Major General D. S. Stanley,commanding cavalry, and to Captain P. O.'Colonel,commanding Pioneer Brigade.)
ELK RIVER, August 14, 1863-6 p.m.
Lieutenant Colonel C. GODDARD,
My command is ready to move. Have ten day's rations and three days' forage. Can get no more forage until tomorrow. The sick have been provided for.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Captain, Commanding Pioneers.
HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Decherd, August 14, 1863.
Lieutenant Colonel GODDARD,
I have the honor to state in reply to your note,that my command has five days' forage and eight days' rations on hand,and is ready to move . I have just heard from Captain Blair, who is now at Stevenson,that there are no rations at that place. Convalescents from my command have been ordered into camp temporarily at Cowan,under proper officers.
GEO. H. THOMAS,
Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding.
HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,
Winchester, August 14, 1863.
[General W. S. ROSECRANS:]
GENERAL: I have the honor to make the following report as to the condition of my command as to rations,forage &c. The corps