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Numbers 2. Reports of Major General John C. Breckinridge, C. S. Army, commanding Department of Western Virginia and East Tennessee.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF WESTER VIRGINIA AND EAST TENN.,

Wytheville, October 19, 1864.

Our scouts burned the railroad bridge over Mossy Creek on the night of the 16th. Yesterday morning before daylight enemy hurriedly evacuated Bull's Gap, retreating in direction of Knoxville. General Vaughn is pursuing.

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Major-General.

General R. E. LEE,

Army of Northern Virginia.

ADDENDA.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

October 18, 1864. (Received 6. 30 p. m.)

Hon J. A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War:

General Breckinridge reports that Lieutenant Hayes, of Vaughn's command, with twenty men, attacked a select party of thirty of the enemy north of Bean's Station, killing and capturing all but three. On the 17th [15th] [Lieutenant Hynds, THIRD Tennessee Infantry], of same command, attacked enemy at Mossy Creek, near Strawberry Plains, killing 13, and taking a number of prisoners. These young officers deserve credit for their courage and good conduct.

R. E. LEE,

General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF WESTERN VIRGINIA AND EAST TENN.,

Wytheville, October 29, 1864.

General J. C. BRECKINRIDGE:

General Vaughn telegraphs from Russellville that he has had a disaster. Enemy stampeded him and captured 4 pieces of artillery and a good many prisoners. Thinks he may have to fall back to his old lines at Carter's Station. Suggests that some re-enforcements, with artillery be sent to Carter's in case he is forced back. have telegraphed Brigadier-General Echols.

J. STODDARD JohnSTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF WESTERN VIRGINIA AND EAST TENN.,

Wytheville, October 29, 1864.

Brigadier-General ECHOLS,

Dublin:

Vaughn has been stampeded, with loss of 4 pieces of artillery and a good many prisoners. Is falling back rapidly. Asks for re- enforcement to be sent to Carter's Station. Have telegraphed General Breckinridge. Where is Colonel Morgan with detachment of Duke's men?

J. STODDARD JohnSTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.