Yours of the 13th of August last, which Came to hand the 24th, I received at Genl. Shelby’s where I had halted the 18th in order to get a supply of Flour and Beef sufficient to carry us through the Wilderness, which was the cause of our being detained there much longer than I expected, we halted here the 29th for preparing ourselves with Pack saddles and other necessaries for our march, shall leave this place to-morrow morning by the way of Kentucky and you may rely every exertion in my power shall be used in order to forward on the Troops with all possible Dispatch. Inclosed I send your Excellency a return of the number of the Troops under my Command as also a return of my equipments, which return I should have sent much sooner but was prevented by my not getting a return from one of my Captains until the very day the Express arrived, and before I could get one from him was obliged to send an express to him for that purpose who returned the evening before your Excellency’s dispatches came to hand. I had my papers ready to send by the same hand who would not agree to carry them which is the cause of my detaining them until this opportunity by Mr. Markland. Your Excellency may depend upon returns from me immediately upon my arrival at Nashville.