guarded by rebel troops. They made and agreement this morning to desert to-night and come over. Paroled Vicksburg prisoners report Johnston's army marching to Mobile. This is also reported by refugees, who saw his arrival at Mobile spoken of in rebel papers. I visited Bridgeport this a.m. No rebels to be seen. The fords are guarded below the island.
P. H. SHERIDAN,
MANCHESTER, August 15, 1863-11.30 a.m.
Chief of Staff:
Colonel Kniffin has just handed me the following telegram addressed to him:
The state of your supplies makes it necessary no to issue more that half rations of sugar. Give order to that effect to the commissary of your corps.
Lieutenant-Colonel and Commissary of Subsistence.
As this appears to be a matter of importance, I desire to know if it has the sanction of the general commanding the department.
T. L. CRITTENDEN,
Major-General, Twenty-first Army Corps.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Winchester, August 15, 1863.
The general commanding directs you to have your corps in readiness to move to-morrow morning. The order will be sent over to-night by special train.
R. S. THOMS,
HDQRS. FIRST DIV., TWENTY-FIRST ARMY CORPS,
Hillsborough, Tenn., August 15, 1863.
COLONEL: I have just received a report from General Wagner that a body of rebel cavalry was at Altamont yesterday, but he could not learn the strength of it. I presume it was not large, and give the information with a view to sending some of our cavalry into that region to clear out the rebels, who are there doubtlessly to watch our movements.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
THE. J. WOOD,
Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding.