seems to me our dispatches are long in reaching their destination by the courier-line. Do you not think you can cross without hearing from General Bragg? I must go back to Mississippi if I can do nothing here. I think it, however, very important that we should go together to Middle Tennessee.
S. D. LEE,
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS, Near Courtland, Ala., October 16, 1863. (Received 9.25, 17th.)
Major General STEPHEN D. LEE,
Commanding Cavalry Corps:
GENERAL: Your letter has just been received. As General Roddey is not in a condition to move I think I ought to wait until I hear from General Bragg, which will probably be very soon. I know my line of couriers is in working order as far as Guntersville, and as I have sent dispatches by several different couriers, I feel sure that if one or several shall fail to reach General Bragg, some one of them will reach him. I regret quite as much as yourself the delay, as I feel and think with you that we should be operating somewhere. I trust I will hear to-night from General Bragg.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN VIRGINIA, Dublin, October 16, 1863.
General S. JONES,
Corse's brigade is on the road to join you.
CHARLES S. STRINGFELLOW,
DUBLIN, October 16, 1863.
Hurry forward your troops as rapidly as possible to Abingdon. Enemy 8 miles from that point.
CHAS. S. STRINGFELLOW,
MERIDIAN, October 17, 1863.
General J. E. JOHNSTON,
General Buford telegraphs General Jackson reports skirmishing with enemy 6 miles from Brownsville, on Brownsville and Clinton road. A portion of their cavalry and infantry have gone toward