HEADQUARTERS CORPS, ARMY OF TENNESSEE, October 15, 1863.
GENERAL: I have been directed by Major-General Breckinridge to inclose to you the accompanying special order from army headquarters, as also a copy of a note from General Hill's headquarters, turning over the command of the corps to him, and to add that, in accordance with these papers, he assumes temporary command of the corps.
Very respectfully, general, your obedient servant,
HEADQUARTERS CORPS, October 15, 1863-2.10 p. m.
GENERAL: Lieutenant General D. H. Hill directs me to inclose to you the accompanying official copy of Special Orders, Numbers 33,* headquarters of the army, relieving him from duty, and to say that he hereby turns over to you as the senior officer the command of the corps.
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I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS, Near Courtland, Ala., October 15, 1863.
Major General STEPHEN D. LEE,
Commanding Cavalry Corps:
GENERAL: Your dispatch is just received. Inclosed you will find copy of dispatch+ just received from General Roddey.
I have not yet heard from General Bragg, but expect to hear to-night. When I do I will communicate with you promptly, and hope to co-operate with you, trusting that with your force and the command I may receive from General Bragg and the effective part of what I have with me we will be able to accomplish much good.
I fully agree with you regarding the importance of the move you suggest.
With great respect, your obedient servant,
HDQRS. DEPT. WESTERN VIRGINIA AND EAST TENNESSEE, Dublin, October 15, 1863.
Brigadier General JOHN S. WILLIAMS,
If the enemy approaches Abingdon in overwhelming force, do not risk a battle, but fall back to the salt-works, and defend them to the last extremity.
*See Hill's report, Part II, p. 149.
+See p. 748.