neighborhood of Bridgeport and Sweeden's Cove,and that a smaller force as above,from the direction of the McMinnville by deferent routes;also that Johnston was within five day's march of Chattanooga,with 25,000 re-enforcements. Most of the troops about Chattanooga are encamped 3 or 4 miles from the city. It is believed that a general advance is being made by the Federals and the army at Chattanooga was very busy at work to-day with pick and shovel;they are said to be very strongly fortified. This information is mainly derived from 2 young men,1 of whom,with is farther,left the city to-day. The father,and Mr, Connor,is the member-elecxt from this country to be rebel Legislature;the young men obtained their information from their farther. Another report sats Johnston has arrived. This I do not believe.
The enemy's pickets are plainly from my advance. I will be compelled to fall back with the main force,3 miles,for water,if I remain here long,but will kept up a strict watch in front. The road,with a little work,can be made fair.
You will hear further from me in the morning when I shall have heard from a scouting party sent in the direction of the enemy.
I am.sir,very respectfully,your obedient servant,
G. D. WAGNER,
HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, TWENTY-FIRST ARMY CORPS,
Pikeville, August 21, 1863 6.30 p.m.
Lieutenant Colonel LYNE STARLING,
Chief of Staff:
On arrival of Captain Moreau I sent a party of 150 men to meet my train coming from McMinnville that I looked for to-morrow. Have just learned that it has already reached the valley safe. Have not yet heard Colonel Minty. I sent a train to McMinnville this morning.
H. P. VAN CLEVE,
Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Stevenson, Ala., August 21, 1863.
Major General GORDON GRANDER,
The general commanding wishes you to make a daily report of how matters are going on in your district. He has received no direct report since leaving Winchester.
J. P. DROUILLARD,
Captain and Aide-de-Camp.
Nashville, August 21, 1863-9.30.p.m.
General J. A. GARFIELD:
I have telegraphed daily when there was anything to communicate;reported McCann's capture yesterday. Forrest is reported at