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and hay needed by the people. He cannot disturb Loudon or Knoxville. Let General McCook incase his cavalry from Nashville, and after a while we will send him to attend to Wheeler, who is well out of our way.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

ATHENS, August 26, 1864.

(Via Charleston.)

Major S. B. MOE, Assistant Adjutant-General:

We are halted here by what appears to be authenticated rumors that our forces at Knoxville have forced Wheeler back in this direction. Have sent scouting parties to ascertain. I sent orders to the cavalry to retire to Dalton and Cleveland. You will control their future movements, holding them and the 1,200 at Dalton guarding the Spring Place road, to form junction with me if necessary. Let General Sherman know. I am watching Wheeler, and will attack him if he attempts to recross the Little Tennessee. Send no cars for me until further orders.

JAS. B. STEEDMAN,

Major-General.

HDQRS. FOURTH DIV. CAV., ARMY OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Pulaski, Tenn., August 26, 1864-10.20 a. m.

Major B. H. POLK:

The following dispatch has just been received from Lieutenant-Colonel Thornburgh, commanding First Brigade, Fourth Division Cavalry, Army of the Cumberland:

Indications are that Roddey is preparing to cross Tennessee River between Elk River and Florence with about 2,000 men.

GEO. SPALDING,

Colonel, Commanding.

HDQRS. FOURTH DIV. CAV., ARMY OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Pulaski, Tenn., August 26, 1864.

Brigadier General R. S. GRANGER,

Commanding District of Northern Alabama:

The following telegram has been received from Major-General Rousseau:

A brigade of rebel cavalry is reported near the Polk place.

Sent the Tenth and Twelfth to Decherd.

GEO. SPALDING,

Colonel, Commanding.

HDQRS. FOURTH DIV. CAV., ARMY OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Pulaski, Tenn., August 26, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel W. J. CLIFT,

Commanding Second Brigade, Fourth Division Cavalry:

General Rousseau states rebel brigade moving toward the railroad from Polk's place. You will proceed as soon as you can travel with the

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