May 1, 1862: Morgan reports from the Cumberland

George Morgan
George Morgan

We saw yesterday that Kirby Smith was calling for reinforcements at the Cumberland Gap. Here, on the other side, George Morgan reports on his situation attacking Smith’s forces.

From the Official Record:

Cumberland Ford, May 1, 1862.
Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

Have separately examined the three deserters from Latrobe’s battery. They left Knoxville on Sunday, April 27. They differ but little in their statements, which are in substance that Kirby Smith, with a force of from 5,000 to 7,000 infantry and two batteries of artillery, occupies Knoxville; that Cumberland Gap has been re-enforced by two regiments of infantry, Anderson’s Virginia battery, and 350 Cherokee Indians; and a man named White, said to be reliable, states that Humphrey Marshall, with a force variously estimated from 3,000 to 5,000 men, was at Jonesville, Va., 35 miles from Cumberland Gap, en route for that place. I hope to know the truth or falsity of this report by the 3rd instant.

The four Tennessee regiments now organizing number 1,470 men. They are but partially armed. Including them, my effective force is under 8,000. The two 20-pounder Parrotts will not reach here for twelve days, and within that time I hope to receive arms and ammunition for the Tennessee troops.

Brigadier-General Volunteers, Commanding.

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