a reliable boy; have examined him thoroughly, and am satisfied myself of his statement. Have sent this information to General Granger, at Athens. These troops were followed to Lawrenceburg and charged upon there.
JOHN C. STARKWEATHER,
CHATTANOOGA, September 12, 1864.
Dibrell's rebel cavalry arrived at Sparta on the 9th, and were reported as having left on the 10th, moving toward Kingston. The Fifth Tennessee and Ninth Pennsylvania Cavalry are on their track. The river is being patrolled as far as Loudon by boats.
J. B. STEEDMAN,
CALHOUN, September 12, 1864.
I am ordered by General Elliott, chief of cavalry, to march to intercept Williams' rebel cavalry, and to keep him and yourself informed of any movements of the enemy. I propose to start to-morrow for the Hiwassee River. Can you give me the latest information concerning whereabouts and condition of Williams' and Dibrell's brigades, and where the Ninth Pennsylvania and Fifth Tennessee Regiments are, and what course they will pursue?
WM. J. PALMER,
Colonel, Commanding Fifteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry.
HUNTSVILLE, September 12, 1864.
I have received the following from Brigadier-General Whipple:
ATLANTA, September 11, 1864.
Send dispatch to Major-General Rousseau that Williams is trying to escape through East Tennessee; that the railroad is no longer in danger; that he is to cross with all his command, press Wheeler, and try to destroy him.
WM. D. WHIPPLE,
I will be at Athens 11.30 a. m. to-day.
R. S. GRANGER,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Atlanta, Ga., September 12, 1864.
Major B. H. POLK,
Asst. Adjt. General, Hdqrs. Dist. of Tennessee, Nashville, Tenn.:
If you can get the Fifth Tennessee and Ninth Pennsylvania together, or sufficient other force to cope with Williams, send them after him as quickly as possible. He should be given no rest.
WM. D. WHIPPLE,