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LOUDON, August 30, 1863-11 p. m.

General MACKALL,

Chief of Staff, Chattanooga:

Have just received following telegraphic dispatch from General Frazer at Cumberland Gap:

I am carrying out your order. Have over forty days' rations, and believe I can hold out that time. No enemy this side of Barboursville.

J. W. FRAZER,

Brigadier-General.

Under the circumstances shall I give other orders than those you sent me? He cannot join me here, but if he evacuates must move toward Abingdon. Please answer at once while line to gap is working.

S. B. BUCKNER,

Major-General.

LOUDON, August 30, 1863-11. p. m.

General J. W. FRAZER,

Cumberland Gap:

Order was genuine. I have sent your dispatch to General Bragg and asked his further orders. If you receive nothing further from me by tomorrow afternoon, carry out your order of evacuation. The order which you have received was sent also by courier from Abingdon and Jonesborough. Bear this in mind should it be countermanded.

S. B. BUCKNER,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS BUCKNER'S CORPS,

Loudon, August 30, 1863.

Colonel JOHN S. SCOTT,

Commanding Brigade:

COLONEL: You will slowly fall back on Lenoir's Station, covering the retreat of this army toward the west and form a junction with General Pegram.

I have the honor, colonel, to remain your obedient servant,

V. SHELIHA,

Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS BUCKNER'S CORPS,

August 30, 1863-8.30 p. m.

Colonel J. S. SCOTT,

Commanding Cavalry Brigade:

COLONEL: Any order you may have received to-day must not interfere with your previous instructions to fall back on Loudon, where you will report to Brigadier-General Pegram.

I have the honor to be, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

V. SHELIHA,

Chief of Staff.