Sparta with his command;cannot believe it;give it for what it is worth. Major Houghtaling says that he had been receiving orders daily from you to relieve men on duty at the fortification until his grounds are almost stripped of men. Can you not permit what are now there to remain unmolested?Please advise me on this point.
McMinnville, August 21, 1863-11 a.m.
There are four very important bridges between here and Tullahoma without guards. I have non men to spare to guard men.
G. F. DICK,
Colonel, Commanding Post.
Referred to General Gordon Granger, Nashville, who will make immediate provision for guards at the points mentioned.
By order of Major-General Rosecrans:
CLARKSVILLE, August 21, 1863.
Brig. General J. A. GARFIELD,
Chief of Staff:
Just reported by a gentleman of credit,who came from Charlotte,that a force of Confederate cavalry,between 3,000 and 4,000 strong,with two batteries,are between Charlotte and Yellow Creek. Have started man to find them and reports facts. My mounted infantry are collecting the cars on railroad,as per your order.
S. D. BRUCE,
Nashville, August 21, 1863-9.40 a.m.
Colonel Galbraith's command has left Shelbyville. I will send them back in a few days. They are terribly lax in their discipline.
LARKINSVILLE, August 21, 1863-8 p.m.
Major General D. S. STANLEY:
Colonel Watkins has moved his camp to Maysville. He says it is a very good one. Cannot be improved.
EDWARD M. McCOOK.