War of the Rebellion: Serial 059 Page 0022 KY.,SW.,VA.,TENN.,MISS.,ALA.,AND N.GA. Chapter XLIV.

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at Woods' Gap in Taylor's Ridge, and drove them back toward Lee and Gordon's Mills. The enemy then fell back through Gordon's Gap, as reported by General Baird from Ringgold. A scout just from Dalton reports Johnston has been re-enforced by 10,000 men from South Carolina and by Roddey, and he believes he contemplates a forward movement.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General.

CHATTANOOGA, March 5, 1864.

Major General JOHN M. SCHOFIELD,

Knoxville:

It has been reported to Major-General Thomas to-day, and also two days since, that the enemy were heavily re-enforcing at Dalton. General Grant thinks it is not improbable that he may advance against us here. In that case we shall need the Fourth Corps, and wish you to hold it in readiness to send, if it be needed. Cannot send you any assistance while this contingency is hanging over us.

WM. D. WHIPPLE,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

CHATTANOOGA, March 5, 1864 - 11 p. m.

Major-General SCHOFIELD,

Knoxville:

I have just received reliable information that Johnston has been re-enforced by 10,000 men from South Carolina and by Roddey, and that he contemplates making an offensive movement in this direction. Can you spare Granger's corps and the cavalry? If so, please direct them to concentrate at Cleveland, leaving a brigade of infantry and battery at Calhoun to guard the railroad at that place.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, U. S. Volunteers.

CHATTANOOGA, March 5, 1864.

Brigadier General CHARLES CRUFT,

Commanding, Blue Springs:

If General Granger has sent a brigade to Calhoun to relieve Colonel Taylor, order Colonel Taylor to rejoin you.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Chattanooga, March 5, 1864.

Brigadier General CHARLES CRUFT,

Blue Springs:

The enemy is moving about our front with heavy cavalry force and some infantry. Have you any information of his movements in your region? Answer immediately.

WM. D. WHIPPLE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.