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in working order. Colonel Smith, of the Thirteenth Ohio, reports the locomotive on the track, which was struck by one of our shells, can be repaired in a single day. One or two others I hope may be found worth repairing.

O. M. MITCHELL,

Brigadier-General.

LOUISVILLE, February 19, 1862

Major-General HALLECK;

I have seen message to General Buell. Do you mean that his whole command should go from Bowling Green to Clarksville, or that the general in person should go to the Cumberland and take command of forces now there, his own column from Bowling Green to co-operate with Cumberland column, in such manner as he (Buell) may decide, to clear out the Cumberland, including Nashville? Answer definitely, the points as stated in this message. The general desires to meet your views fully. Answer immediately.

THOMAS A. SCOTT,

Assistant Secretary of War.

LOUISVILLE, February 19, 1862

General McCLELLAN:

I have arranged to transfer from other roads 9 large engines and 250 cars. Will provide others as needed. Railroad bridge across the Tennessee destroyed by fire. Communication by rail between Columbus and Nashville is entirely destroyed. Buell immediately needs re-enforcements. Will they come?

THOMAS A. SCOTT.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, February 19, 1862

N. B. BAKER, Des Moines, Iowa:

The Second Iowa Infantry proved themselves the bravest of the brave. They had the honor of heading the column which entered Fort Donelson.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General.

SAINT LOUIS, February 19, 1862

Brigadier-General BUELL:

Assistant Secretary Scott will explain to you all my views. I will meet you anywhere you may appoint.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General.

SAINT LOUIS, February 19, 1862

Brigadier-General BUELL, Louisville, Ky.:

Re-enforcements have reached Columbus and steamers have fired up for a move against us. Don't stop any of your troops coming down,