War of the Rebellion: Serial 103 Page 0047 EXPEDITION TO IUKA, MISS.

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FEBRUARY 16, 1865.-Attacks upon the garrisons of Athens and Swest Water, Tenn.

REPORTS.

Numbers 1.- General Robert E. Lee, C. S. Army commanding Army of Northern Virginia.

Numbers 2.-Brigadier General John C. Vaughin, C. S. Army.

Numbers 1. Report of General Robert E. Lee, C. S. Army, commanding Army of Northern Virginia.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

February 24, 1865.

General Echols reports that detachments of Vaughn's cavalry struck the railroad beyond Knoxville at Sweet Water and Athens, capturing the garrison at both places. Sixty men of Second Ohio Regiment, with horses and equipments, were taken.

R. E. LEE.

Honorable J. C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War.

Numbers 2. Reports of Brigadier General John C. Vaughn, C. S. Army.

BRISTOL, February 20, 1865.

A small force from my command struck the railroad at Athens, west of Knoxville, capturing the garrison, which has caused two regiments to be sent below from this force above Knoxville.

J. C. VAUGHN,

Brigadier-General.

Major J. STODDARD JOHNSTON.

BRISTOL, February 23, 1865.

Captain Maston, with seventy-five men from my brigade, captured the garrison at Sweet Water, forty-five miles below Knoxville, sixty mounted men, horses, an equipments of Second Ohio Regiment.

J. C. VAUGHN,

Brigadier-General.

Major JOHNSTON.

FEBRUARY 17-18, 1865. Expedition from Eastport to Iuka, Miss.

Report of Colonel Robert R. Stewart, Eleventh Indiana Cavalry, commanding Fifth Division, Cavalry Corps, Military Division of the Mississippi.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS,

MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

Eastport, Miss., February 18, 1865.

GENERAL: I have the honor to report to you that I learned that about fifteen or twenty rebels were in the habit of going into Iuka every evening and remaining there until morning. I ordered a sufficient party to proceed to that town last night, reaching Iuka after dark,