War of the Rebellion: Serial 058 Page 0777 Chapter XLIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE,

New Market, February 20, 1864.

Major PAINE,

Commanding Rucker's Legion, Blain's Cross-Roads:

The lieutenant-general commanding directs that you move your legion across the river and join us on this side at the best ford and nearest point. Do this rapidly and report as soon as you can.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

OSMAN LATROBE,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE,

New Market, February 20, 1864.

Brigadier General JOHN C. VAUGHN,

Commanding Brigadier, 12 Miles East of Tazewell,

Sycamore Creek, through Rogersville:

The lieutenant-general commanding directs that you proceed at once to Rogersville, Tenn., with your command.

OSMAN LATROBE,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

RICHMOND, VA.,

February 20, 1864.

Honorable JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War:

SIR: I have the honor to submit herewith a letter from Brigadier General John Gregg, relating to the condition of the Texas brigade, to the command of which he was recently assigned, and to ask for the suggestions he makes your attentive consideration.

I am, with great respect,

M. D. GRAHAM.

[First indorsement.]

FEBRUARY 24, 1864.

ADJUTANT-GENERAL:

What do you advise on these suggestions? If the two armies were brought together I should favor it. Suppose you consult General Bragg.

J. A. S.

[Second indorsement.]

MARCH 11, 1864.

Respectfully submitted to the Adjutant and Inspector General.

The brigade of General Gregg (once General Hood's) is composed of the First, Fourth, and Fifth Texas and the Third Arkansas Regiments. I suppose the other brigade alluded to is General Smith's, in the Army of Tennessee, composed of the Sixth, Seventh, Tenth, Fifteenth, Seventeenth, Eighteenth, Twenty-fourth, and Twenty-fifth Texas Regiments. The consolidation at this time would seem to be impracticable.

SAM. W. MELTON,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.