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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Crawfish Spring, September 16, 1863.

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Murfreesborough, Tenn.:

SIR: The general commanding is informed that a detachment of the First Regiment U. S. Colored Troops was sent to Murfreesborough to get their arm and equipments, and to get out wood at that point and Christiana for the use of the railroad, and that you refused to recognize their authority from Colonel Thompson, commanding First Regiment U. S. Colored Troops. The general commanding directs that you recognize the authority, and permit Colonel Thompson's order to be carried into effect.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. McMICHAEL,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Crawfish Spring, September 16, 1863.

Mr. BEGGS,

Railroad Agent, Stevenson:

Put one of the dummies at the disposal of General Stanley to take him to Nashville. He is quite sick.

By order of General Rosecrans:

C. GODDARD,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GENERAL THOMAS' HEADQUARTERS, September 16, 1863.

Colonel E. M. McCOOK:

COLONEL: Move as per inclosed order from General Garfield. See inside. Come with the troops of your division you have with you, leaving Watkins at Valley Head, where he is.

By order of General Mitchell:

WM. H. SINCLAIR,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

P. S.-Come down Rope Gap and you will have a better road here. Move cautiously. Colonel Harrison, Thirty-ninth Indiana, was up the valley yesterday. Send your train, via mountain route, to Stevens' Gap.

WM. H. SINCLAIR.

P. S.-Let Stokes' battery report to General Crook when it gets up the mountain.

WM. H. SINCLAIR,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Inclosure.]

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Crawfish Spring, September 16, 1863-9.15 a. m.

Brigadier-General MITCHELL,

Commanding Cavalry:

The general commanding directs you to send McCook's division here, leaving such part of it as you may deem necessary to aid Gen-

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