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NASHVILLE, TENN., September 12, 1864.

Brigadier-General WHIPPLE,

Atlanta:

The order of Major-General Thomas for Colonel Spalding to continue the pursuit of Williams was telegraphed to General Milroy, at Tullahoma. He replies that Colonel Spalding with the Tenth and Twelfth Tennessee Cavalry were left by him at Pulaski on the 7th. I presume by General Rousseau's order that only the Fifth Tennessee went back with him to Tullahoma. He at once started the Fifth Tennessee after Williams, and gave orders for the Ninth Pennsylvania Cavalry, then at Murfreesborough, to follow also and meet the Fifth at McMinnville. The latter went to that place, but returned to Tullahoma last night, not having heard of the Ninth Pennsylvania. Williams they report at Sparta. I have telegraphed to General Starkweather to know if Colonel Spalding is at Pulaski. If there, shall he still be ordered after Williams? Not a word from General Rousseau since the 8th.

[B. H. POLK,]

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHATTANOOGA, September 12, 1864.

Brigadier-General AMMEN:

Dibrell's brigade rebel cavalry are reported as being near Sparta on the 10th instant, nearly out of ammunition, and on their way out of Tennessee by the route they came in. The Ninth Pennsylvania Cavalry attacked and routed them on the 6th, inflicting a loss on them of 260 killed and wounded and captured.

Respectfully,

S. B. MOE,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHATTANOOGA, September 12, 1864.

Captain L. M. DAYTON,

Aide-de-Camp:

Colonel Jordan reports that on the 6th instant he engaged General Dibrell's command, 1,800 strong, near Readyville; killed 25, wounded 100, and captured 130 men, 200 horses and horse equipments.

Respectfully,

S. B. MOE,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

SEPTEMBER 12, 1864.

Major-General ROUSSEAU,

On line of railroad north:

Twenty-two men of Third Tennessee Cavalry just arrived from Cheatham's Ford, on Tennessee River, charged through a rebel portion of troops-missing, 4 me; captain supposed to be killed; 1 was made prisoner and escaped; he was at General Wheeler's headquarters; reports him and Roddey with a very large force at that place, with trains, &c.; he estimates their force as high as 6,000 strong. All the men coincide with the statement so far as they know it; person seems