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HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS, Lick Creek, East Tenn., April 3, 1865.

Major General G. H. THOMAS,

Nashville, Tenn.:

Dispatch from General Tillson says he will reach his destination in the mountain passes to day. Has information that Early commands instead of Echols. Early and Vaughn were at Bristol eight days ago. A part of Early's force has come down the road from Lynchburg. The rebels report a heavy force, but this is not believed. The rebels have left about 400 active cavalry in East Tennessee, with orders to interrupt the railroad as often and badly as they can. Could a few of the cavalry at Knoxville be mounted, they would be very useful to me. I leave no bridge without guard.

I started an expedition to-day for Asheville, N. C. The railroad will be pushed faster this week, as we have more force.

D. S. STANLEY,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Nashville, April 3, 1865-2.30 p.m.

Major-General STANLEY,

Bull's Gap:

Keep yourself well informed of the movements of the enemy. He may possibly attempt to escape by way of East Tennessee; if so, I wish to know of his movements at the earliest possible moment.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

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

LICK CREEK, April 3, 1865-3.30 p. m. (Received 4 p. m.)

Major General G. H. THOMAS:

Your dispatch of this p. m. received. Wood's division will go to Greenville; will advance well up toward Jonesborough. Kirk's brigade started for Asheville. I will keep a sharp lookout up the valley.

D. S. STANLEY,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS, Lick Creek, East Tenn., April 3, 1865-1.45 a. m.

Colonel BATES,

Commanding Post, Greenville:

No cavalry here. Will see whether can get any from Knoxville. By order of Major-General Stanley:

J. S. FULLERTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS, Lick Creek, East Tenn., April 3, 1865-1.45 a.m.

Colonel BATES,

Commanding Post, Greenville:

No cavalry here. Will see whether can get any from Knoxville.

By order of Major-General Stanley:

J. S. FULLERTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS, Lick Creek, East Tenn., April 3, 1865.

General KIMBALL,

Commanding First Division:

GENERAL: The general commanding directs me to say that he has decided to send Colonel Kirby's brigade on a scout in the direction of