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route across Chambers Creek, on the Farmington road, might be a serious matter. If I leave my position here it ought to be immediately occupied by three divisions.

D. C. BUELL,

Major-General.

MONTEREY, May 9, 1862-9 p. m.

General GEORGE H. THOMAS:

If General Wood moves early tomorrow morning put General T. W. Sherman in his place, and have General McKean ready to move at a moment's notice.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General.

FORT HENRY, May 9, 1862.

Major-General HALLECK:

Have just returned from pursuit of rebels. Was within few miles of them when I received your dispatch. Would have been able to attack them next morning. They are receiving re-enforcements from direction of Humboldt, and intend to occupy this portion of the counry to secure forage and provisions for the army. Unless some assistance can be given I will be forced to leave the west side of the river. In connection with two regiments and a battery I can keep them in check and drive them to Jackson. Can I keep Fourth Minnesota Regiment? Shaeffer is probably dead; Captains H. von Minden and Nott wounded; all in hand to-hand conflict. Several killed and some captured.

W. W. LOWE,

Colonel, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION,

Camp Taylor, Huntsville, Ala., May 9, 1862.

(Received Washington, May 10.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

I have just received an order from General Buell placing the troops on the railways leading from Nashville to Decatur and to Chattanooga under my command. My trains are now moving to Bellefonte and to Elk River.

O. M. MITCHEL,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS,

Camp Cumberland Ford, May 9, 1862-10 a. m.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

The following telegram to J. B. Temple, president of the State Millitary Board, has just been sent to me:

NASHVILLE, May 8, 1862.

General J. W. FINNELL:

From all I can learn from Morgan's captured men and servants, I am satisfied it was his purpose to go to Lexington. There he was to meet a force of 1,500 from Ken-