War of the Rebellion: Serial 058 Page 0652 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter XLIV.

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you find that General Martin is not threatened by the enemy you had better move your division to this side of the river, back to Dandridge.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. M. SORREL,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE,

Morristown, Tenn., February 1, 1864 - 4 p. m. m

Major General W. T. MARTIN,

Commanding Cavalry:

I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your communication of 12 o'clock yesterday. The commanding general directs me to say that if you find the enemy has retired into Knoxville you had better move your cavalry as near to us as you can, and get at the same time sufficient forage.

General Johnson is advised to recross the river with his division and return to Dandridge if you are not threatened by the enemy.

Please keep him promptly advised of your movements, and all information you may secure.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. M. SORREL,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE,

Morristown, Tenn., February 2, 1864.

Brigadier General M. JENKINS,

Commanding Division:

The information obtained by General Martin from citizens and his scouts is to the effect that not more than 2,000 soldiers are left in Knoxville, and that number includes the sick and wounded. Please send your scouts down toward the town as close as possible, and ascertain definitely the enemy's condition. The force in Knoxville is represented to be in a deplorable condition on account of sickness and the general depression that pervades all. The enemy's cavalry is now reported to be in Tuckaleechee Cove, almost at the headwaters of the Little Tennessee.

Please report as soon as possible the results of the observations of your scouts toward Knoxville.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. M. SORREL,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

CONFIDENTIAL.] HEADQUARTERS,

Morristown, E. Tenn., February 2, 1864.

General R. E. LEE,

Commanding:

GENERAL: Your letter of the 10th ultimo was received a few days since, at Dandridge.

On the 15th ultimo the enemy moved his entire force to Dandridge and took position there, in order to throw us back. As half of my