War of the Rebellion: Serial 059 Page 0023 Chapter XLIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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BLUE SPRINGS, March 5, 1864.

Brigadier-General WHIPPLE,

Chief of Staff:

MR. J. Brown, who is reported to be in the secret service, has sent word verbally by a third party that re-enforcements are arriving at Dalton, reported to be 10,000 infantry from South Carolina and Roddey's cavalry. The report is sent to you just as received; have no means to verify it or from any opinion upon it.

CHARLES CRUFT,

Brigadier-General.

BLUE SPRINGS, March 5, 1864.

Brigadier-General WHIPPLE:

Dispatch received; have telegraphed yo all can learn. There was no

enemy at Red Clay at 4.30 p. m. Citizens reported the force at Dalton on yesterday, furnished with three days' rations for a movement. Roddey's cavalry reported at Dalton and 10,000 re-enforcements from South Carolina. These are the rumors of to-day, heretofore sent you. I expect a dash here almost any time from the apprehensions of citizens around. How did Baird come out to-day?

CHARLES CRUFT,

Brigadier-General.

BLUE SPRINGS, March 5, 1864.

Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS:

Dispatch received; nothing new in my front that I can learn of. Colonel Long, I am informed, had tow scouting parties out; has had regiment of infantry at election precinct 3 miles north of Red Clay to-day. Colonel Enyart just reports cannonading heard by citizens and soldiers from McDaniel's Gap to-day; thought to be a little left of Graysville.

CHARLES CRUFT.

BLUE SPRINGS, March 5, 1864.

Brigadier-General WHIPPLE,

Chief of Staff:

Cavalry scout just returned from Red Clay, leaving there at 4.30 p. m. Saw nothing of enemy; heard heavy cannonading at or near Ringgold, from, say, 11 a. m. to 1 p. m., and occasional shots till 4 p. m. Citizens represent that forces at Dalton put three days' rations on men yesterday preparatory to a movement. Citizens represented, say, 200 cavalry at Kenyon's.

CHARLES CRUFT,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Chattanooga, March 5, 1864 - 9 p. m.

Brigadier-General BAIRD:

Distribute three days' rations to your command and then loan up and send your wagons back to Graysville; you will then be prepared for any movement of the enemy. You should send our a reconnoitering