HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE, Greeneville, March 2, 1864.
Major General S. B. BUCKNER,
Commanding Division, Bull's Gap:
General Longstreet desires you to send out and ascertain whether there is any truth in the report of General Johnson's pickets. Send scouts both to the front and rear of the enemy. Prepare to move forward if there is any truth in the report.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE, Greenville, March 2, 1864.
Brigadier General W. E. JONES,
Commanding Brigade Cavalry:
The lieutenant-general commanding has information through Colonel Rucker that one corps of the enemy is at Morristown and another corps at Dandridge, the latter advancing. General Vaughn has been instructed to find out the truth of these reports, and in case of an advance of the enemy to notify you. On such notification you will, with your own and Hodge's brigades, move down to Rogersville, join Vaughn, and await further orders. Keep in readiness to make this move promptly as soon as as advised by Vaughn.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE, Greeville, March 2, 1864.
Brigadier General J. C. VAUGHN,
Commanding Brigade, Big Creek, 4 miles east of Rogersville:
Colonel Rucker reports that his pickets were driven in at Morristown on the evening of the 29th ultimo; that the Twenty-third Army Corps occupy that place; that the Ninth Army Corps are at Dandridge, and advancing.