War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0964 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., N. ALA, AND N. GA. Chapter XLII.

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reports he received of a large force of rebel cavalry at or near Spencer, said to be there with the view of cutting off or destroying your train. It may be said the captain has been deceived for an object, but the general desires that you see him on his arrival, and judge for yourself of the probable danger to your train or communications. If you have any information corroborating this, communicate at once and take all steps possible and practicable to secure your line of communication. A signal officer left here for Pikeville with Captain Abeel, with the view of opening signal line to this point.

Respectfully and truly,

P. P. OLDERSHAW,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIRST ARMY CORPS,

Dunlap, Tenn., August 21, 1863.

Brigadier-General WOOD,

Therman:

I have sent you all the cavalry I have. I may possibly get some from Minty to-night, when it will be forwarded for the purpose indicated.

By order of Major General T. L. Crittenden:

P. P. OLDERSHAW,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIRST ARMY CORPS,

Dunlap, Tenn., August 21, 1863-7.30 p.m.

Brigadier General T. J. WOOD,

Therman:

GENERAL: The general commanding directs me to inform you that he has just received a dispatch from department headquarters which contains no news, but expresses satisfaction for the prompt movement, &c., of the whole corps. As he has not heard from you to-day, he supposes that you have no further information from General Wagner.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

P. P. OLDERSHAW,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIRST ARMY CORPS,

Dunlap, August 21, 1863-8.20 a.m.

Major-General PALMER,

Commanding:

GENERAL: Yours of 5.35 p.m. yesterday was received at mid-night.* The general commanding directs me to state that he approves the leaving of your guns on the hill, and to urge upon you constant communication with him at least twice a day, if nothing has transpired. Colonel Minty started yesterday on his reconnais-

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*See p.90.

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