War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0049 Chapter XLII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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strengthened, unless a large portion of the new recruits are given him, which is not probable, because the army under General Joseph E. Johnston is being very much weakened by desertions. There is a strong probability that Johnston's army will be sent to East Tennessee with the intention of making a move into Kentucky. This is the opinion held by many of the officers and citizens. It is very much desired, and an effort to satisfy the public that Kentucky and the States north of the Ohio are to be invaded. Bragg's army has only one-third rations issued to it. Supplies are scarce and growing more so. Atlanta is the magazine for supplies. The feeling of the people of the northern counties of Georgia, bordering on Tennessee, has undergone some change, and is softening down. There is a strong Union sentiment in those counties but it is suppressed and kept down. It will manifest itself the first favorable opportunity. The feelings of the mass of the secessionists in East Tennessee are abating, and would entirely disappear in the presence of a Union army.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Decherd, August 16, 1863.

Major-General NEGLEY,

Commanding Second Division:

You are directed by the general commanding to move your division and take a position near and north of Stevenson, taking your ammunition train and not less than eight days' rations and five days' short forage. You will report to the general commanding, as often as practicable, all information of importance and the position of your camp at nightfall. Leave one regiment of infantry at Cowan, to guard the sick, the railroad bridge, and the tunnel. If you have more than eight days' rations, turn them over to Major-General Reynolds.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEO. E. FLYNT,

Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Decherd, August 16, 1863.

Brigadier-General BRANNAN,

Commanding Third Division:

You are directed by the general commanding to report with your command to Major-General Reynolds, commanding Fourth Division, and will move with and under the orders of Major-General Reynolds to the Sequatchie and Battle Creek Valleys, near Jasper and north of Battle Creek.

General Reynolds will give further instructions. Take your ammunition train, and not less than five days' rations and short forage, and report as early as practicable this morning.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEO. E. FLYNT,

Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.

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