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KNOXVILLE, March 23, 1865.

Major-General THOMAS:

One brigade of Kimball's starts to Bull's Gap to-morrow; will reach that place on Sunday; the rest to follow as soon as transportation arrives. The transportation of one division has not quite all arrived. I will lose no time in getting ahead.

D. S. STANLEY,

Major-General.

KNOXVILLE, March 23, 1865 - 10.55 a. m.

Major-General KIMBALL:

One hundred of your wagons started this morning. Six days' rations will be sent this evening. Start one brigade as soon as you can to-morrow to go to Russellville and to keep with the construction corps, the rest of the division to follow as soon as your transportation joins you. Rations can now be sent by railroad to Russellville. I will come up to-morrow.

D. S. STANLEY,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, FOURTH ARMY CORPS,

Strawberry Plains, Tenn., March 23, 1865.

Major General D. S. STANLEY,

Commanding Fourth Army Corps:

A member of the home guard reports a force of mounted rebels, rumored 300 strong, in the direction of Maynardville; last heard from six miles from here. The captain of the home guard sends word that he had information this morning of the approach of the party, and he is gathering his men. I have acted upon the rumor so much as to send guards to Roxbury Creek bridge.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

N. KIMBALL,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

KNOXVILLE, March 23, 1865 - 9 p. m.

Major-General KIMBALL:

Maynardville is north of Clinch River. Did you understand those rebel parties to be on the north side of Clinch? Answer soon.

D. S. STANLEY,

Major-General.

KNOXVILLE, March 23, 1865 - 9.30 p. m.

General KIMBALL:

Send a regiment at daylight to ascertain the facts and find out what direction the rebs have taken, and what they are up to. May there not be a mistake?

D. S. STANLEY,

Major-General.