War of the Rebellion: Serial 079 Page 0339 Chapter LI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC - UNION.

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BRIDGEPORT, October 17, 1864.

General SCHOFIELD:

I sent scouts to Caperton's Ferry; returned at daylight. Heard nothing of the enemy. No further information.

L. P. BRADLEY,

Brigadier-General.

BRIDGEPORT, October 17, 1864.

General SCHOFIELD,

Chattanooga:

I have just heard from Caperto's Ferry by gun-boat and scouts sent from Stevenson. No news of the enemy. I shall receive all news from scouts and couriers, and will forward to you immediately. Gun-boats are patrolling from Caperton's down.

L. P. BRADLEY,

Brigadier-General.

WHITESIDE'S, October 17, 1864.

General SCHOFIELD:

A corporal who had a patrol of five men on the Trenton road last night reports that a citizen whom he met during the night told him that he had information that the rebel army was in the vicinity of Ringgold yesterday, and that they were marching toward the north. I send you this for what it is worth and will send out and find the citizen, if possible, who gave such information. The corporal should have brought him in to camp.

THOS. J. JORDAN,

Colonel, &c.

WHITESIDE'S, October 17, 1864 - 1 p. m.

Major-General SCHOFIELD:

I am satisfied that General Bradley's dispatch last night was an error. My scouts from Lebanon is in. They were at Deer Head Cove yesterday at 10 o'clock, and must have been mistaken for the enemy. Have no report from the scouts sent toward Stevens' Gap and La Fayette yesterday. Their orders were to go on till they found the enemy or the road by which they are moving, and then to report to you at Chattanooga and to myself at this place. I sent 100 men to Bridgeport to report to General Wagner; a few minutes ago he telegraphed for another 100. I have none to send but the broken-down men and horses just from the scout to Van Buren, 130 miles. Shall I send them? Answer.

THOS. J. JORDAN,

Colonel Ninth Pennsylvania Cavalry.

WHITESIDE'S, October 17, 1864.

Major-General SCHOFIELD:

I have the following report from Captain Hancock, commanding scouts sent to Stevens' Gap and toward La Fayette.

Information received from Willard Bailey, once of General Thomas' scouts: Between Bird and Dug Gaps held by rebel cavalry. At La Fayette there was one corps infantry and artillery last night. Night before last a train of 500 wagons reached La