War of the Rebellion: Serial 104 Page 0408 KY., S. W. VA., TENN., N & C. GA., MISS., ALA., & W. FLA.

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and Western North Carolina is truly deplorable. The people are in a starving condition and country is overrun by bands of disbanded Confederate soldiers, who rob and plunder indiscrimmately while making their way south. I received a petition on my arrival from the people of Abingdon to furnish them protection. Echols, Vaughn, Jackson, &c., with 1,000 or 1,500 volunteers, after having stripped the country of horses, are now trying to make their way to Mississippi. I hope my cavalry will be able to intercept them. I leave for Knoxville to-morrow. Please inform me if you desire any change in the dispositions I have made of the troops in this district.

GEO. STONEMAN,

Major-General.

KNOXVILLE, April 19, 1865.

Major-General THOMAS:

One trains of First Division has left for Nashville. Most of the First Division will get off to-morrow. Wood's division will guard the road, depots, &c., until relieved by Tillson. How soon will Stoneman return to Jonesborough, on the line of the railroad?

GEO. STONEMAN,

Major-General.

KNOXVILLE, April 19, 1865.

Major-General THOMAS:

One train of First Division has left for Nashville. Most of the First Division will get to-morrow. Wood's division will guard the road, depots, &c., until relieved by Tillson. How soon will Stoneman return to Jonesborough, on the line of the railroad?

D. S. STANLEY,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS,

Greeneville, East Tenn., April 19, 1865.

Colonel TASSIN,

Commanding Thirty-fifth Indiana (Pontoon Train):

You will at once move with the pontoon train to Knoxville, Tenn., taking only rations and forage enough for the men and animals to last until you reach that place, say five days. Have the property of said train under guard at Rogersville Junction until it can be shipped on the cars. Let this guard be large enough to load and unload the property. This order to hold good unless you receive others from Major-General Stanley, who is in Knoxville.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. H. SINCLAIR,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOXVILLE, EAST TENN., April 19, 1865-9 p. m.

Major General T. J. WOOD,

Greenville, East Tenn.:

Order Beatty to join you at once; but as Tillson's Stoneman's forces will reach Jonesborough day after to-morrow leave two companies, say fifty men, to protect the telegraph operator. One of your brigades might as well march for Bull's Gap day after to-morrow.

D. S. STANLEY,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION CAVALRY,

Flint River, March [April] 19, 1865.

Major E. B. BEAUMONT,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

La Grange had already crossed the river at the Shoals before I could get to him, and marched toward Griffin. I will catch him in the morn