War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0259 Chapter XLII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.- UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIRST ARMY CORPS,

Dunlap, August 31, 1863-1.15 p.m.

General VAN CLEVE,

Pikeville:

General Wood thinks the enemy is moving up to reach our left flank and rear in force. Be ready.

By order of Major-General Crittenden:

P. P. OLDERSHAW,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. THIRD DIV., TWENTY-FIRST ARMY CORPS,

Pikeville, Tenn., August 31, 1863.

Lieutenant Colonel LYNE STARLING,

Chief of Staff, Twenty-first Army Corps:

COLONEL: I inclose copy of letter from Colonel Minty.* He has informed me verbally that the rebels at first had a force of two brigades at Blythe's Ferry that has been since gradually increased to five brigades. I sent cavalry train to McMinnville this morning for supplies.

Is it the wish of the general commanding the corps that I should bring more supplies here than I could carry with me on a march? A small depot can be established here if thought advisable. It would be very convenient to draw upon if we should move forward.

Very respectfully, your most obedient servant,

H. P. VAN CLEVE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. THIRD DIV., sT ARMY CORPS,

Numbers 201

Pikeville, Tenn., August 31, 1863.

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IV. The command will be immediately put in readiness to march to-morrow morning, at 6 o'clock. The men will take seven days' rations in regimental wagons, and three days' rations in haversacks of the men.

By command of Brigadier General H. P. Van Cleve:

E. A. OTIS.

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Stevenson, August 31, 1863.

Major General G. GRANGER,

Nashville:

The general commanding has directed Morgan to come to Flint River, leaving his cavalry at Huntsville, closing up McCook on

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