War of the Rebellion: Serial 079 Page 0518 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter LI.

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CHATTANOOGA, October 30, 1864-6 p. m.

Major General W. T. SHERMAN, Rome:

The following dispatch just received, dated at a point two miles below Decatur, at 12 m. to-day:

I have the honor to report a stubborn cavalry force fighting me. I can see about FIFTY. Negroes report the enemy's rear between sunset and dark, between FIFTY and sixty pieces of artillery and a pontoon train. The vedettes stood here. I will remain here for two hours. Army followers said the enemy intedns crossing river near Shoals.

T. J. MORGAN,

Colonel Fourteenth U. S. Colored Troops.

JAS. B. STEEDMAN,

Major-General.

CHATTANOOGA, October 30, 1864-12 midnight.

Major-General SHERMAN:

The following just received from General Granger:

DECATUR, October 30, 1864-10. 40 p. m.

Later dispatch from Elk River, on Athens road, says:

"Heavy cannonading heard at Florence. It commenced at 6 o'clock this evening and is very heavy.

"T. G. WILLIAMSON,

"Major Tenth Indiana Cavalry. "

R. S. GRANGER,

Brigadier-General.

General Wood's DIVISION, of the Fourth Army Corps, left at 12 o'clock to-day for Huntsville by railroad. Whitaker's DIVISION will go in the morning and Wagner's follow, both by railroad. General Stanley went out with Wood's DIVISION.

JAS. B. STEEDMAN,

Major-General.

NASHVILLE, October 30, 1864-4 p. m.

Major General JAMES B. STEEDMAN, Chattanooga:

Company C, First Minnesota Heavy Artillery, has started for Chattanooga to-day. This will make the fourth company of heavy artillery for the post of Chattanooga. Direct Colonel Carlton to have them posted in the most prominent forts and redoubts composing the fortifications of Chattanooga, and set them at work at once to erect their winter quartermaster and to perfecting themselves in the drill.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

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

DECATUR, ALA., October 30, 1864.

(Via Huntsville.)

Major-General THOMAS:

The following telegram jsut been received from Colonel Lyon, I suppose has reached you already:

HUNTSVILLE, October 29, 1864.

Courier just in from Whitesburg; quiet there, except an increase of bushwhackers in the vicinity. One of our scouts just from the other side reports a four-gun battery moving up the river on the Gadsden road two days ago and four regiments of cavalry