Fort Deposit there are two small boats, capacity for 8 horses; there are two at Fletcher's Ferry, will cross 30 horses on both; two at Decatur and three at private ferries above, will average about 10 horses; and one at Brown's Ferry.
There are no fords passable now, and will not be again this winter, without some very unusual weather. Boats can be speedily built at many places on and near the river, especially up Elk River. I have made no guess at the enemy's strength or probable moves from Huntsville, but hope to give you some definite information very soon. Many citizens near the railroad seem to think they are moving forces from Chattanooga toward Murfreesborough. My horses are in a terrible condition for want of shoes and with sore backs. Men generally in good health. Sent all prisoners to Decatur yesterday.
P. D. RODDEY,
HDQRS. ARMY OF TENNESSEE,
Missionary Ridge, October 18, 1863.
I. Captain James Cooper is relieved from duty as inspector of cavalry.
II. Major J. R. B. Burtwell is hereby assigned to duty as inspector of cavalry, and will report of Colonel J. P. Jones, inspector-general.
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By command of General Bragg:
GEORGE WM. BRENT,
Field return of the effective strength of the Army of Tennessee, October 18, 1863.
Effective Total Aggregate Effective
Command. total. present. present. total last
McLaws' division. 4,776 5,938 6,481 4,765
Hood's division. 5,067 6,055 6,589 5,046
Walker's 3,212 3,745 4,045 3,291
Preston's 3,285 4,208 4,541 3,314
Anderson's 1,439 1,522 1,664 1,306
Longstreet's 17,779 21,468 23,320 17,722
Cheatham's 5,291 6,826 7,529 5,302
Hindman's 5,707 7,105 7,722 5,728
Total Polk's 10,998 13,931 15,251 11,030
Cleburne's 5,148 6,501 7,048 5,105
Stewart's 3,878 4,992 5,421 3,915
Breckinridge's 2,825 3,663 4,029 2,846
Total Hill's 11,851 15,156 16,498 11,866
Stevenson's 3,049 3,505 3,825 3,031