I left camp soon after daylight on the morning of the 11th instant, and marched the same day to within 1 miles of La Fayette. I heard nothing of the enemy, excepting 4 scouts, who came from the direction of La Fayette, and passing through Catlett's Gap came to a point sunrise on the morning of the 12th instant, and could hear of none of the enemy having been in that vicinity (excepting the 4 above mentioned) later than the 3rd instant, when there were 137 cavalry, from near Dalton at La Fayette, and this side to near Catlett's Gap. From all I could learn, I am satisfied that there is no considerable force this side of Taylor's Ridge, and the enemy seem to be concentrating all their forces at or near Dalton. From La Fayette I passed through Blue Bird Gap (which I found very much obstructed, so as to be entirely impassable for wagons or artillery), and encamped 1 mile this side of Thornton's, in Chattanooga Valley, having crossed Mission Ridge at a point opposite Blue Brid Gap. I returned to camp at 3 p. m. to-day. Citizens in Chattanooga Valley reported to me that there was a force of 16 rebel cavalry from the vicinity of Dalton at Baile's and other points in the valley, on the 4th instant, but I think from what I could learn that they were our own scouts.
Most respectfully submitted.
CARTER VAN VLECK,
Captain T. W. MORRISON,
Asst. Adjt. General, Second Division, Fourteenth Army Corps.
APRIL 12, 1864.-Skirmish near Florence, Ala.
Report of Colonel Samuel S. Ives, Thirty-fifth Alabama Infantry.
HDQRS. THIRTY-FIFTH ALABAMA REGIMENT,
Newburg, Ala., April 15, 1864.
COLONEL: I have the honor to report my command still encamped at this place.
On the night of the 12th instant detachments of the Twenty-seventh Alabama and my regiment, commanded by Colonel Jackson and myself, crossed the Tennessee near Tuscumbia and surprised a camp of the enemy 4 miles distant from the river, killing 3, capturing 3 commissioned officer, 38 non-commissioned officers and privates, and 1 negro sutler, together with considerable number of horses, mules, arms, equipments, &c., comprising the larger portion of Company G, Ninth Ohio Cavalry. I brought off my detachment entire, sustaining no loss whatever. One-half the prisoners I took charge of, and have this day forwarded them to Tuscaloosa with a guard of 1 captain and 14 men, to be turned over to the provost-marshal of that district. Twenty-eight horses and mules were captured by my command, which I have used for the purpose of sending the prisoners and guard forward, directing that on their arrival at Tuscallosa a sufficient number be retained to insure the speedy return of the guard, and that the remainder be turned over. What-ever number may be retained for the purpose above stated I shall hold subject to order, and in the mean time use them for the purpose of sending out squads in search of deserters, &c., the character of a portion of this country rendering it physically impossible for infan-