War of the Rebellion: Serial 056 Page 0226 KY.,SW.VA.,Tennessee,MISS.,N.ALA.,AND N.GA. Chapter XLIII.

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CUMBERLAND GAP, November 22, 1863-8 p.m. (Received 11.15 p.m.)

Maj. General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

I do not hear from General Grant. Will you decide whether I shall run the risk of sacrificing all my cavalry in a demonstration below Clinch River in an attempt to aid Burnside? If so, I am ready. Please answer to-night. Firing at Knoxville heard up to 11 o'clock to-day.

O. B. WILLCOX,

Brigadier-General.

LOUISVILLE, November 22, 1863.

Major-General FOSTER:

Dispatch dated to-day 8 p.m., from General Willcox, at Cumberland Gap, just received, says:

It is important that my line of communication with Camp Nelson should be strongly guarded, especially at London, near which there is a large quantity of Government stores. General Burnside is holding out heroically, and I hope will hold Knoxville. Firing was going on at 11 o'clock to-day. Is there any news from General Grant?

O. B. WILLCOX,

Brigadier-General.

No communication between the gap and Knoxville.

J. T. BOYLE,

Brigadier-General.

LOUISVILLE, November 22, 1863.

Major-General FOSTER:

Wednesday the cavalry at Somerset can meet you at Crab Orchard, or I am send it to London to meet you there, the companies at Camp Nelson, Danville, and Stanford constituting escort to London. I will give such orders as you desire. Did you get dispatch I sent you from General Willcox, at Cumberland Gap, to me?

Fighting at Knoxville at 11 o'clock to-day. Rebel troops probably at Bean's Station, between gap and Knoxville. Willcox has asked for authority to move his mounted force toward Clinch River to reconnoiter and harass enemy.

J. T. BOYLE,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Vicksburg, Miss., November 22, 1863.

Maj. General U. S. GRANT,

Comdg. Military Division of the Mississippi, Chattanooga:

GENERAL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your telegrams of the 12th and 14th instant, in relation to sending recruiting details to Wisconsin and Illinois,and to inform you that these details have already been sent, some of them having started ten days since.