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CLARKSVILLE, October 14, 1864.

Major B. H. POLK,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

General Lyon is reported marching on this place with 600 or 700 men. Am I to have more troops soon?

A. A. SMITH,

Colonel, Commanding.

NASHVILLE, TENN., October 14, 1864.

Colonel WILLIAM B. SIPES,

Columbia:

The major-general commanding directs that you report at once what troops, if any, have been ordered from Columbia to Chattanooga, and what block-houses on the road are manned by the dismounted men of your command.

ROBT. H. RAMSEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

NASHVILLE, October 14, 1864-7. 30 a. m.

Brigadier-General WAGNER,

Chattanooga:

If it is not known to a certainty that the enemy are at Dalton or in that vicinity I wish you to let the troops at Ringgold, Tunnel Hill, and other points on the road remain at their posts, unless their safety depends upon their withdrawal. You will show this dispatch to Major-General Schofield when he arrives, as he was directed by me last evening to assume command in Chattanooga. If possible ascertain definitely where the enemy is and report his movements promptly.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding.

CHATTANOOGA, October 14, 1864.

Major-General THOMAS,

Nashville:

As yet I have no certain information that the enemy is threatening this point in force; small parties of cavalry have been reported at several points south of here, also infantry near Dalton, said to be Hood's entire army. Cavalry scouts well out in Lookout, Chattanooga, and Chickamauga Valleys.

G. D. WAGNER,

Brigadier-General.

CHATTANOOGA, October 14, 1864.

Major-General THOMAS:

Dalton is said to have surrendered at 4 p. m. yesterday. Troops of Tunnel Hill have arrived at Ringgold. As yet, no other news of the enemy in force near.

G. D. WAGNER,

Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers.