War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0371 Chapter XLII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,

In Tennessee Valley, Poe's Tavern, September 5, 1863-8 a.m.

Lieutenant Colonel C. GODDARD,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Clouds of dust and the general movements as observed from lookouts from the hills on this side of the river all day yesterday strongly indicated a general movement of the enemy in the direction of Tyner's Station. All possible vigilance and means of obtaining information are used; the whole line of the river from General Burnside's forces is carefully picketed. I am withdrawing Minty's left as rapidly as circumstances will permit, and am preparing boats that will be ready as soon as needed. Movements intended to deceive the enemy with regard to our forces have been made, I think, successfully. I can conceive of nothing that has been left undone contemplated by instructions or made necessary by circumstances. All further developments will be carefully noticed and promptly acted upon.

I am, very respectfully,

W. B. HAZEN,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,

In Tennessee Valley, Poe's, September 5, 1863-5 p.m.

Lieutenant Colonel C. GODDARD,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Colonel Minty reports that the rebel pickets above Blythe's have been withdrawn. There is considerable activity opposite. I am bringing down Minty.

I am, respectfully,

W. B. HAZEN,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,

In Tennessee Valley, Poe's, September 5, 1863-5 p.m.

General GEORGE D. WAGNER,

Commanding Brigade:

Colonel Wilder reports that the enemy has put the pontoon-bridge in readiness to swing around, as if to cross over. Learn all you can about it, and if they threaten to cross move your artillery and direct Wilder to move his where you can command the crossing, contesting any such attempt.

Very respectfully,

W. B. HAZEN,

Brigadier-General.

P. S.-If you move, take infantry enough to support your artillery.

HDQRS. FIRST BRIGADE, SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION,

Smith's Cross-Roads, September 5, 1863.

Captain CROWELL,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Hazen's Brigade:

SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of General Hazen's communications of yesterday. I yesterday reported to the general