War of the Rebellion: Serial 030 Page 0208 KY.,MID. AND E.TENN.,N.ALA.,AND SW.VA. Chapter XXXII.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE OHIO,

Cincinnati, Ohio, December 19, 1862.

Major-General ROSECRANS,

Nashville, Tenn.:

I can occupy Clarksville by Bruce's force if you desire it, but Granger's force ought not to be taken from Bowling Green, as I can't replace it except by Bruce. This I will do if you wish it. We must keep a strong force on your line of communications, since a misfortune there, causing a week's interruption, would starve you. I directed the occupation of Clarksville by a small force, some days ago, from Bruce's command.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Nashville, December 19, 1862.

Major-General HORATIO G. WRIGHT,

Cincinnati:

Clarksville should at present be strongly occupied,till the river rises. My idea was to send Bruce there with all his force at once, or let Bruce's force return to Bowling Green, and Granger go there. As this will cause some delay, better order Bruce to move there at once by quick march. Your idea about the necessity of preserving the railroad at all hazards is mine, and I have a heavy force on it.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Nashville, December 19, 1862.

Major-General WRIGHT,

Lexington, Ky.:

John H. Morgan has started on his raid with between 5,000 and 6,000 cavalry and a few small batteries. Is at Hartsville to-night. We are waiting to see whether there will be an attempt to strike Gallatin, aided by an infantry force.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE OHIO,

Cincinnati, Ohio, December 19, 1862.

Brigadier-General BOYLE,

Louisville, Ky.:

Has Colonel Bruce occupied Clarksville? If not, he should do so at once, either with his main force or by a small one, with the rest within supporting distance. I incline to the former, so that he may have his full strength to resist an attack.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE OHIO,

Cincinnati, Ohio, December 19, 1862.

Brigadier-General BOYLE,

Louisville, Ky.:

If our force at Bowling Green and Munfordville fight, they can whip Morgan's force, and if he really comes (which I do not believe), all the