place, and from all the information I can gain, it appears entirely safe to send to that point for supplies, instead of to Tracy City, up the mountain 16 miles, which is very severe on transportation.
I send copy of my dispatch* of yesterday, which was delivered at department headquarters.
J. J. REYNOLDS,
[Inclosure No. 1.]
HDQRS. FIRST BRIG., FOURTH DIV., 14TH ARMY CORPS,
August 18, 1863-6.30 p.m.
Commanding Fourth Division:
GENERAL: We arrived here just now at the forks of the road, marked Bryant's on the map. We started at 9.30 a.m. from Tracy City this morning. No railroad train had yet arrived. I shall send there for rations and forage on Thursday. Do urge the authorities to have it there. Wood's division is close on our rear. It will camp 3 miles behind us at Pruden's to-night. We will reach Therman, in Sequatchied Valley, to-morrow and cross Walden's Ridge on Thursday. A rebel force of two cavalry regiments is reported in the Sequatchie Valley. The Anderson road over Walden's Ridge is reported blockaded.
I am, very respectfully,
J. T. WILDER,
[Inclosure No. 2.]
HDQRS. EIGHTY-NINTH REGIMENT OHIO INFANTRY,
Camp at Tracy City, Tenn., August 19, 1863.
Major JOHN LEVERING,
A. A. G., Hdqrs. Fourth Div., Fourteenth Army Corps:
SIR: I have the honor to report that the locomotive has been to this place and returned to Cowan. It will be up again this evening with two car-loads of provision. No telegraph operator has arrived yet. General Wood's division passed here last evening, the rear of his train passing this morning.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
C. H. CARLTON,
Colonel Eighty-Ninth Ohio.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Stevenson, August 19, 1863.
Major General J. J. REYNOLDS,
Battle Creek, East Side:
Your dispatch to Colonel Flynt received. General Thomas probably left Decherd yesterday, and will be here to-morrow. Crittenden's corps will be in position on time, and there shall be no delay in Wilder
*See p. 69.