and myself. They are, I think, in good condition for fighting, and officers and men are anxious to show friends and foes how well they can battle under our country's flag.
Your obedient servant,
W. T. WARD,
HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH CORPS,
February 10, 1864.
Respectfully forwarded to Major-General Hooker, commanding Eleventh and Twelfth Corps.
FEBRUARY 13, 1864.
Respectfully forwarded for the information of the major-general commanding.
MARYVILLE, February 12, 1864.
Lieutenant Colonel J. S. FULLERTON,
COLONEL: I arrived here last night and found the report, as I supposed, of our troops having been attacked and having evacuated this place unfounded. The report seems to have been made out of whole cloth, and the only basis of it was an attack yesterday morning upon our cavalry pickets here. Our pickets repulsed them easily. To-day I have talked with several citizens, and they all agree that Longstreet is getting short of forage and that it is not improbable that he may essay a movement down on the Little Tennessee for forage.
It is idle to think that the enemy's cavalry can whip us here. Bentley [Wood?] would like nothing better than to have them attempt it.
R. O. SELFRIDGE,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Inspector-General.
HDQRS. SECOND Brigadier, DIV., TWENTY-THIRD CORPS,
South side Holston, near Knoxville, February 12, 1864.
Captain E. R. KERSTETTER,
Asst. Adjt. General, 3rd Div., 23rd Corps, Knoxville, Tenn.:
CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report that I have had the Sevierville road scouted to-day 6 miles out. No enemy met with. From information gathered by the scouts, and from citizens who have come into our lines, I learn that the enemy fell back yesterday to Therman's Cross-Roads, 12 miles from here.