War of the Rebellion: Serial 056 Page 0733 Chapter XLIII. CORRESPONDENCE,ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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[Indorsements.]

HEADQUARTERS, November 22, 1863.

Respectfully referred to Major-General Wheeler, with the request

that he will look after any movement that may be made by the enemy in the direction referred to by General Bragg.

By command of Lieutenant-General Longstreet:

G. M. SORREL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS, November 21, 1863.

Maj. Gen. J. WHEELER,

Commanding Cavalry:

GENERAL: I have received a telegram from General Bragg which may indicate other movements for us. I would prefer that you delay the move in the direction of Kingston till the 23rd or till we hear if we must do other things.

Most respectfully,

J. LONGSTREET,

Lieutenant-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS, November 21, 1863.

General B. BRAGG,

Missionary Ridge:

The enemy's threat against your left is for the purpose of inducing you to retire. If you fail to do so, he will be obliged to retire himself, or throw a very strong force in your rear. If he does put a force behind you, you can fall upon it and destroy it, and then resume your position. With the present bad roads, I doubt if he can put a very large force behind you. If he does, and you let it get well out to your rear, I think it cannot escape you.

I remain, very respectfully, &c.,

J. LONGSTREET,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS, November 21, 1863.

Maj. Gen. J. WHEELER,

Commanding Cavalry:

GENERAL: Colonel Lyon, in command near Kingston, reports two regiments of cavalry and two pieces of artillery at Kingston. It appears to me that you could capture this party by throwing a brigade in rear of it via Clinton, and increasing Colonel Lyon's force by one other regiment and a battery. The force that joins with Colonel Lyon should be commanded by the most reliable officer that you have. To execute, he should attack at Kingston after the other force has had time to get in rear of it. If you go to the rear you should move two brigades, one to look to your flanks, &c., and the other to be in readiness to catch the Yankees, as they may try to