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our horses were worn down, and were unable to draw enough to supply the army. Longstreet, therefore, had to wait awhile, until arrangements were perfected to supply him by railroad. As soon as this was done he made preparations to move forward, hoping soon to recapture Knoxville. Our scouts were already within one mile of that city. Everything was propitious. At this juncture orders came from Richmond, detaching nearly all the cavalry from Longstreet's command and sending them to Gen Johnston.--This was taking from Longstreet what he could not spare in his forward movement. He telegraphed this fact to Richmond, and also said that unless this order was countermanded he would be obliged to fall back. The order was not countermanded. The cavalry left for their new field of operations. Longstreet was compelled to fall back to Greenville. The army is in splendid condition, well clothed and shed, and when they meet the enemy will fight as of yore. The ranks are filling up