War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0213 Chapter XLII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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The flag of truce has returned form Vicksburg. The character of the communication is not known.

General Sherman says if Gillmore has taken Charleston and fails to lay the city in ashes he will be sacrificed by his troops. His superiors, the Northern people, demand the utter destruction of Charleston.

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J. G. FOSTER,

Major-General, Commanding.

STEVENSON, ALA., August 29, 1863-10.45 p.m.

(Received 1.20 a.m. 30th.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

Pontoon bridge across at Caperton's Ferry. Two brigades over. Cavalry forded at two places. Brannan's advance crossed at Battle Creek. Reynold's advance at Shellmound. Reports not in yet, but suppose we have 100 prisoners. No fighting to amount to anything.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Stevenson, August 29, 1863.

General J. G. TOTTEN,

Chief Engineer, U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.:

Can two regiments of volunteer engineers be raised under the veteran volunteer acts from the Pioneer Brigade? The officers and men were carefully selected, but the lack of rank of the officers is injurious to discipline, and, their loss of promotion from being detached from their regiments is an injustice to them. Two fine regiments could be raised.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Major-General.

WASHINGTON, August 29, 1863.

Major-General ROSECRANS:

Your dispatch of this date having been referred to the Secretary of War, he directs me to say enlistments authorized by yourself and Governor Johnson will be approved by the Department, care being taken in the selection and organization to distribut them so as to be under the control of Union forces and sentiment. To this extent the rules of the Department are temporarily modified in your department.

W. HOFFMAN,

Commissary-General of Prisoners.