a movement of the enemy to cut off the command from the mountains, I thought it best t to fall back to the pass in the mountain.
One of the enemy is known to be badly wounded. None of my men were hurt.
Taking possession of the mountain pass, I remained there some time expecting the enemy would follow, but saw nothing further of them.
I found the roads in good condition. I found a sufficient quantity of water along the way to supply the troops passing over the mountain.
But little information could be obtained from persons along the rout. From the clothing found I learned the troops in Trenton belonged to the Fourth Alabama Cavalry. I also learned that a force of our cavalry occupied Trenton for a short time yesterday. They returned to the valley by some other road, and I did not see them.
My detachment arrived safely in camp at this place at 6 p.m. this evening.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. L. ABERNATHY,
Lieutenant-Colonel Eighth Kansas.
August 31, 1863.
The general commanding wishes to know how the bridge is progressing.
R. S. THOMS,
August 31, 1863-3.30 p.m.
Captain R. S. THOMS,
Colonel Hunton reports the bents up one-third of the distance across, the stringers and planks laying as fast as possible. The first bent just been set up on the island side.
W. H. LYTLE,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
August 31, 1863-1.30 p.m
Train loaded with pontoons, which was to be unloaded at 11 p.m. last night and to return here immediately, has not yet returned.