War of the Rebellion: Serial 023 Page 0238 KY., M. AND E. TENN., N. ALA., AND SW. VA. Chapter XXVIII.

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You will march for same point with rest of your command as soon as it can some up.

JAMES B. FRY.

DECHERD, July 31, 1862.

Colonel J. B. FRY:

Telegraph office opened this evening. Communication of the 28th from you, informing me that a cipher had been sent to me the previous day, has been received, but the communication with the cipher has not been received. Some convalescents belonging to General Thomas' division have arrived here. My shortness cavalry force prevents me exploring for information as much as I would like. What I have are to be chiefly employed to gather forage. I would be glad to have more cavalry.

TH. J. WOOD,

General.

HEADQUARTERS,

Huntsville, July 31, 1862.

General NEGLEY, Columbia:

The Seventy-fourth Ohio, at Nashville, is ordered to take post between Columbia and Nashville under your direction. Post it at once so as to protect all the bridges and guard the important points. Put two companies Seventy-eighth Pennsylvania at Elk River Bridge; two at Pulaski. Guard any point requiring it between Reynolds' Station and Columbia and concentrate the rest of the Seventy-eighth at Columbia. Report in detail the execution of this order, stating what guard you leave at each point and name of officer in command. Post the Seventy-fourth at once.

JAMES B. FRY.

HEADQUARTERS,

Huntsville, July 31, 1862.

General NEGLEY, Columbia:

The Ninth Indiana belongs to Nelson's division and moved with him. Captain Gilbert, of this staff, has inspected and given some directions in reference to the plans of stockades. You are directed to see that the work on the stockades is pushed with all possible dispatch.

JAMES B. FRY.

HEADQUARTERS,

Huntsville, July 31, 1862.

General McCOOK, Battle Creek:

Send an officer and file of men of your provost guard to Indiana to bring back Captain James A. Willetts, Company K, Sixth Indiana Volunteers. You can learn his exact whereabouts from the commanding officer of the Sixth Indiana Volunteers. The party sent must be prompt and discreet and must be men who will not loiter on the way.

J. M. WRIGHT,

Assistant Adjutant-General and Aide-de-Camp.