War of the Rebellion: Serial 023 Page 0108 KY.,M. AND E.TENN.,N.ALA., AND SW.VA. Chapter XXVIII.

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position unless the force of the enemy should render it necessary, but endeavor as far as you can safely to patrol the road with a portion of your force and try if possible to keep open communication with the station beyond you.

JAMES B. FRY.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO, Huntsville, July 8, 1862.

T. W. PATE,

Late Captain Thirty-seventh Indiana Volunteers:

SIR: I am directed to say that as you are cashiered by sentence of a general court-martial, promulgated December 26, 1861, it is not admissible to muster you again into the service of the United States.*

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. M. WRIGHT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO, Huntsville, July 8, 1862.

Brigadier General THOMAS L. CRITTENDEN,

Commanding Fifth Division:

SIR: The general commanding directs that when you march to-morrow morning you leave the Thirteenth Ohio in camp for a special service; the baggage will remain with it, but the wagons will march with the division. You will please direct Colonel Hawkins, commanding Thirteenth Ohio, to report to Brigadier-General Smith, commanding Third Division, to-night. The regiment will join you again in a few days by cars.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. M. WRIGHT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

JULY 8, 1862.

Brigadier-General WOOD:

Send a regiment of infantry, under a judicious colonel, and one battery of artillery to the river opposite Decatur to-morrow. Let them take a position as near as practicable to the landing, without exposing them to being cut off by artillery playing from the other shore on their line of retreat. The general desires you to go down yourself to see the troops posted. The object is to give support to the companies on the other side at Decatur. I send you a copy of the dispatch which causes this order. It is not designed to

re-enforce Decatur by crossing troops against any formidable attack, and in no case to a greater extent than with a section of artillery and perhaps a few companies of infantry, and this will not be done until the nature of the attack is ascertained. If such a re-enforcement, or about that, should not be sufficient to meet the danger,

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*The Register, however, shows that he was recommissioned May 21, 1862, and resigned April 18, 1863.

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