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LOUDON, August 30, 1863.

Colonel H. L. GILTNER, Commanding Abingdon, Va.:

Send the following dispatch in all haste by couriers to General Frazer at Cumberland Gap.

S. B. BUCKNER,

Major-General.

LOUDON, August 30, 1863.

General FRAZER:

Evacuate Cumberland Gap with all your forces as speedily as possible, and retire to Abingdon. Destroy all stores which you cannot carry with you, and report your movements by courier and telegraph to General Jones at Dublin Station, Va.

S. B. BUCKNER,

Major-General.

Operator send duplicate of above to General A. E. Jackson, Jonesborough, Tenn.

LOUDON, August 30, 1863-9 p. m.

General MACKALL, Chief of Staff, Chattanooga:

Frazer, at Cumberland Gap, has received my order to retire to Abingdon. Jackson, from beyond Greeneville, retires to same point, taking all stores. My own cavalry retires by this point. I have not given Forrest orders, but have notified him of the orders to my cavalry. Couriers from Forrest report enemy's cavalry in considerable force this side Wartburg, moving toward Knoxville. Scout reports no enemy at Jacksborough, they having retired across the mountains on the same road they came. Your dispatch about bridge received.

S. B. BUCKNER,

Major-General.

MORTON, August 31, 1863.

Memorandum for Lieutenant-General Hardee:

First Maxey's brigade has just been sent to Mobile. Gregg's at Enterprise, and McNair's at Meridian, are at those places to be ready to follow whenever Mobile is threatened. In such an event the two brigades at Newton are intended to follow also, and that here if there should be time. If not it should guard railroads.

Second. The chief commissary has been instructed to draw everything possible in the way of subsistence from the northwest, collecting it a Canton. The quartermaster's department has had similar orders, and to transport in wagons to Brandon.

Third. Major-General Lee is instructed to transfer Colonel Logan's command to some other part of the frontier. Some other troops to replace it, and to investigate the circumstances of the reported murder of prisoners near Jackson, La. Also to have Du Monteil's regiment organized when convenient. Mullen's company, however, which is on outpost duty for Mobile, not to be moved, but to continue on that duty.

Fourth. I took quarters in Brandon yesterday, and have ordered the removal of my office to that place.