War of the Rebellion: Serial 007 Page 0478 Chapter XVII. OPERATIONS IN KY., TENN., N. ALA., AND S. W. VA.

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and Hoskins' regiment; has ordered to his relief the two Tennessee regiments from London and the Thirty-third Indiana, and I have ordered there three days the Thirty-first and Thirty-eight Ohio and Hewett's battery of artillery. Shall I go forward with any of my regiments here.?

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers.

HEADQUARTERS, December 6, 1861.

General THOMAS:

Telegraph General Schoepf's letter. Does he ask for re-enforcement?

Can the troops at London go directly to Somerset?

D. C. BUELL.

[DECEMBER 6, 1861.]

General BUELL, Headquarters:

The troops at London can go directly to Somerset, as I am informed.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers.

HEADQUARTERS,

Louisville, Ky., December 6, 1861.

(Received, Lebanon December 6, 1861.)

General THOMAS:

Send no more re-enforcement to General Schoepf until you report to me; his force was sufficient at first.

Order General Boyle to precede to Columbia to-morrow and keep his scouts well out towards the Cumberland. Caution all officers to ascertain and report facts, not merely forward rumors. See that no more troops march without ammunition.

Direct General Schopf to arrest and forward charges against Captain Dillion.*

D. C. BUELL,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS EAST TENNESSEE BRIGADE,

Camp Calvert, Ky., December 6, 1861.

(Received December 9, 1861.)

Brigadier General GEORGE H. THOMAS,

Commanding, &c., Lebanon:

GENERAL: The orders received last night from department headquarters require me to remain in front of Cumberland Gap, for the purpose, in part, of keeping out marauders and protecting the loyal citizens.

This morning, having learned that Barboursville was threatened by a small force, I ordered the Third Kentucky Regiment to march to its a small force, I ordered the Third Kentucky Regiment to march to its protection. Colonel Garrard was directed to employ some mounted

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* See Schoppf to Thomas, December 5, 1861, p. 474.

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