covered in the woods and fields.
We picked up, at Elk river, an order of Brigadier-General Wharton, commanding the troops which have been serving as the rear guard of the enemy's column.
It reads as follows:
Colonel Hamar: Retire the artillery when you think best.
Hold the position as long as you can with your sharpshooters; when forced back, write to Crew to that effect.
Anderson is on your right.
Report all movements to me on this road.
Jn. A. Wharton, Brigadier-General. July 2d, 1863.
I have been almost constantly in the saddle, and have hardly slept a quiet three hours since we started on this expedition.
My brigade has picked up probably a hundred prisoners.
At twelve o'clock, noon, my brigade was ordered to take the advance, and make the top of the Cumberland before nightfall; proceeding four miles, we reached the base of the mountain, and began the ascent.
The road was exceedingly rough, and the rebels had made it impassable, for artillery, by