War of the Rebellion: Serial 058 Page 0668 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter XLIV.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE,

Morristown, February 3, 1864.

General J. E. JOHNSTON,

Dalton, Ga.:

The enemy seems to be retiring most of his forces via Maryville toward Chattanooga. Our cavalry is ordered to pursue, if the country can afford any means of foraging the animals.

J. LONGSTREET,

Lieutenant-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE,

Morristown, Tenn., February 3, 1864.

Colonel J. J. CORNS,

Commanding Jones' Cavalry Brigade:

The lieutenant-general commanding department directs that you move your brigade back to the camp from which your letter of the 1st instant was written, 16 miles below Jonesville. Keep yourself well advised of the movements of the enemy, and if they attempt to come out from the gap throw your force behind them and capture them if possible.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

OSMAN LATROBE,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN VIRGINIA,

Dublin, February 3, 1864.

Lieutenant-General LONGSTREET,

Morristown, Tenn.:

Your telegram of yesterday just received. Three hundred and forty muskets, caliber 69, will be sent to you without delay. That is all I can send now.

SAM. JONES,

Major-General.

WYTHEVILLE, VA.,

February 3, 1864.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report my arrival here to-day. My brigade I encamped about 12 miles south of this in order to procure forage with more facility. My quartermaster, who had just arrived from Abingdon, reports that country as completely denuded. The arrival of my force here seems to have given the citizens great satisfaction, as they anticipate a raid from the direction of Round Top Mountain.

I have lost no horses, and although a constant march of now nearly thirty-five days has wearied them somewhat, they are in better condition than when I started. Two weeks' rest will enable them to endure any march likely to be necessary. I regret to say, however, that my