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STEVENSON, October 14, 1863.

Major-General SLOCUM,

Wartrace:

Can you give us any information as to where General Howard's train is, and when it will arrive at Decherd?

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

DECHERD, TENN., October 14, 1863-1 p.m.

Lieutenant-Colonel RODGERS,

Assistant-Colonel RODGERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

All is quiet along my lines. A citizen reports 500 rebel cavalry going toward Union from south, yesterday. I have sent out a scout.

A. S. WILLIAMS,

Brigadier-General.

DECHERD, October 14, 1863-12 m.

Lieutenant Colonel H. C. RODGERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Murfreesborough:

Captain Beman telegraphs that forage was sent us yesterday. Was not received; probably gone to the front. We shall never get supplies here unless a messenger comes with each consignment. Our horses are suffering; no rations received. Some regiments twenty-four hours without food.

A. S. WILLIAMS,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding Division.

STEVENSON, October 14, 1863-10.40 p.m.

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Decherd:

Major-General Hooker directs that you send the following dispatch to General Mitchell via New Market:

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Chattanooga, October 14, 1863.

Brigadier-General MITCHELL,

Care Major-General Hooker, Stevenson:

You had better halt your cavalry near Flint River or Larkin's or where you can find plenty of forage and have your provisions sent you by rail. If you have not disposed of the rebel cavalry, you must do so, if you have to call on General Hooker's infantry to help. Recruit all the horses you can. Four thousand more will be on soon.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Major-General.

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

STEVENSON, October 14, 1863-1.15 a.m.

Major-General HOWARD:

Dispatches received. You need not send out another party.

JOSEPH HOOKER,

Major-General, Commanding.