War of the Rebellion: Serial 059 Page 0044 KY.,SW.,VA.,TENN.,MISS.,ALA.,AND N.GA. Chapter XLIV.

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the condition of affairs beyond Bay's Mountain. My own belief it that Longstreet is gone, and that Buckner is left in command of whatever force remains. Upon examination it is found that the small trestle bridge at Mossy Creek was partially cut by the rebel s with the intent doubtless to make a trap for our first train. I have directed, if possible. I would suggest the examination of the whole line above the Plains wherever there is a bridge or wooden culvert.

The troops at Mossy Creek have an average of 70 founds of musket ammunition, and Wood's from 40 to 50. The Ninth Corps and Wood's have some at Strawberry Plains. I telegraphed General Potter this morning the amount of cannot ammunition. General Stoneman reports that some riding animals could be bought at less than common Government rates in the country, and I have directed him to let his corps quartermaster make the purchases and turn the animals over, for the present, to the dismounted officers. Do you approve this? It will somewhat diminish the number to be furnished.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. D. COX,

Brigadier-General.

NEW MARKET, March 9, 1864.

Major General J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Knoxville:

Your dispatch in regard to issuing stores and sending back wagons received, and orders issued. Likewise General Potter's in regard to sending for saddle horses for dismounted officers.

J. D. COX,

Brigadier-General.

NEW MARKET, March 9, 1864.

Brigadier General E. E. POTTER,

Chief of Staff, Knoxville:

Wood's division battery has 150 rounds, and the Ninth Corps battery 200 rounds of ammunition, including canister. General Wood thinks he should have an ammunition train for both artillery and small-arms.

J. D. COX,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

New Market, March 9, 1864.

Major General G. STONEMAN,

Commanding Twenty-third Army Corps:

SIR: The general commanding directs that after issuing three days' rations to the men, and putting in regimental wagons all the commissary stores which can be carried in them (besides necessary baggage), all other empty wagons be sent back at once to Strawberry Plains; also, that Captain Fry proceed to Strawberry Plains to receive to-morrow morning 15 horses and equipments for dismounted