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to cross the Watauga to occupy Bristol or make an advance into Virginia with 2,000 men. My effective forces very much weakened by the absence of two of my best battalions and the want of horse and arms for many whom are present. I shall, however, cheerfully give you such aid as I am able, but sincerely hope I shall not be compelled to march over such roads awe now have to Kingsport before you inform me that the demonstrations of the enemy do not require my assistance. Please let me know immediately and frequently of their movements, strength, &c., so that I can act accordingly.

Very respectfully,

H. L. GILTNER,

Colonel, Commanding, &c.

BRISTOL, February 24, 1865.

(Received 12.30.)

Major JOHNSTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

The enemy at Greeneville retired yesterday morning. Colonel Tool reports that General Gillem, with his force, moved up the French Broad River Monday in direction of North Carolina. Force estimated 3,000, mounted. What orders have you for me?

J. C. VAUGHN,

Brigadier-General.

BRISTOL, February 24, 1865.

(Received 2.20.)

Major JOHNSTON:

Shall I follow the enemy? My force will be small.

J. C. VAUGHN,

Brigadier-General.

BRISTOL, February 24, 1865.

(Received 2 p. m.)

General ECHOLS:

Where will I concentrate my brigade? Part is at Kingsport and part below Jonesborough.

J. C. VAUGHN,

Brigadier-General.

BRISTOL, February 24, 1865.

(Received 2.15.)

General ECHOLS:

Did you receive my dispatch in regard to General Gillem's move into North Carolina?

J. C. VAUGHN,

Brigadier-General.

BRISTOL, February 24, 1865.

(Received 3.20 p. m.)

General ECHOLS:

If Gillem moved on he has passed Palmer before noon.

J. C. VAUGHN,

Brigadier-General.