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CHATTANOOGA, October 16, 1864.

Brigadier-General WAGNER, Whiteside's:

Have a scout sent out to watch Steven's Gap and Crow Gap, below Trenton, to learn when the enemy passes the mountains, and report frequently the facts, whether the enemy is seen or not. I want to know early in the morning, if possible, what direction Hood has taken from La Fayette.

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.

WHITESIDE'S, October 16, 1864 - 10 p. m.

Major-General SCHOFIELD;

Two companies cavalry left here to-day at 10 o'clock for Steven's Gap. The company to Caperton's Ferry has been changed to the direction of Steven's Gap. One hour ago a sergeant and five men were sent to find these companies, with instructions to find the enemy and report as soon as possible to this point and Chattanooga. Two hundred of our cavalry was at Trenton at 5 o'clock this p. m. Is it necessary to send a scouting party down the river below Bridgeport? There is no mounted force at Bridgeport. Have 150 cavalry in camp to send in any direction you may indicate.

WAGNER,

Brigadier-General.

RINGGOLD, October 16, 1864.

General SCHOFIELD:

A scout with cipher dispatch has just left here for Chattanooga, from General Sherman, whom he left at Snake Creek Gap at 5 o'clock this a. m. Our army expected to strike the enemy to-day. The scout says enemy has gone in direction of Bridgeport and Whiteside's. A number of discharged officers have just come in through Dalton; saw no enemy. These officers say that citizens inform them a portion of rebel army had moved to the right, toward East Tennessee.

J. W. SPRAGUE,

Brigadier-General.

RINGGOLD, October 16, 1864.

Major-General SCHOFIELD:

Colonel Johnson and Lieutenant-Colonel Webster are just in. They left Hood's army at Villanow yesterday at 3 p. m. The army commenced moving toward Rome early in the morning, nothing but cavalry; rear guard were at Villanow when they left.

J. W. SPRAGUE,

Brigadier-General.

CHATTANOOGA, October 16, 1864.

Brigadier-General SPRAGUE, Ringgold:

Have you any further information of the enemy? Reports received here place them at La Fayette yesterday, and this morning one report says they were moving toward Ringgold last evening and that artillery was heard in that direction this morning.

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.