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[492] Of this, however, I am not fully informed. Nor have I learned the enemy's attitude in Tennessee. It is to be presumed that all such information can be acquired at General Bragg's headquarters, which I shall reach to-morrow.

Most respectfully, Your obedient servant, J. E. Johnston, General.


The map convinces me that General Holmes's troops can reinforce sooner than General Bragg's. Urge him again to press his troops forward. I shall be with Bragg as soon as possible, which will be to-morrow.

J. E. Johnston.


The enemy is advancing on General Pemberton, who is falling back. Can you delay the advance by throwing cavalry on the enemy's rear? I will join you to-morrow.1

J. E. Johnston.

Murfreesboro, December 6, 1862.
General S. Cooper, Adjutant-General:
General Rosecrans has an army of about sixty-five thousand men2 in and around Nashville, and some thirty-five thousand distributed along the railroad to Louisville and in

1 This dispatch was not received by General Bragg, who took the measure suggested, upon intelligence given him by Lieutenant-General Pemberton.

2 These were General Bragg's figures.

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