ROME, January 23, 1864.
Major General J. WHEELER:
General Iverson's scouts reported the enemy, 5,000 strong, advancing on this place. They surprised and routed part of his command near Subligna last night. I can defend this place.
H. B. DAVIDSON,
RUSSELLVILLE, January 23, 1864.
General S. COOPER,
Adjutant and Inspector-General:
Please hurry up our shoes, and send me 500 picks, 700 spades, 500 axes.
Corse's brigade will be at Bristol to-morrow. It if is not needed please send it back.
January 25, 1864.
Picks, spades, and axes (500 of each) ordered to be sent without delay.
A. L. RIVES,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Acting Chief of Bureau.
Richmond, January 25, 1864.
Respectfully returned to the Secretary of War.
The picks, &c., called for have been supplied by the Engineer Bureau. The last of the shoes, blankets, and clothing called for by General Longstreet's chief quartermaster, Major Taylor, were shipped from the depot at this point prior to the 16th instant.
A. R. LAWTON,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE,
Russellville, Tenn., January 23, 1864.
Major G. W. DAY,
I am in receipt of your note of 3 o'clock to-day. Don't get discouraged at the reported numbers of the enemy. You have a full force of picked men. The enemy must be demoralized and disheartened from his recent reverses in our front, and you ought to be equal to anything you may encounter. With das and watchfulness you can greatly injure him.
I am, major, very respectfully, your most obedient servant,
G. M. SORREL,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.