War of the Rebellion: Serial 023 Page 0249 Chapter XXVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS,

Huntsville, August 2, 1862.

General CRITTENDEN, Battle Creek:

Your ordnance officer came here this morning saying you sent him to get arms and was anxious to go to Nashville. He had no requisitions or other papers bearing your signature, and was ordered to return at once to his division. If you need arms let me know by telegraph; they will be ordered by telegraph to go from Nashville to Bridgeport. I supposed you had more arms than men.

JAMES B. FRY.

HEADQUARTERS,

Huntsville, August 2, 1862.

Captain FRANCIS DARR, Reynolds' Station:

Two hundred thousand at Decherd.

JAMES B. FRY.

HEADQUARTERS,

Huntsville, August 2, 1862.

General McCOOK, Battle Creek:

I have ordered Buckley's brigade concentrated at Cowan forthwith, preparatory to joining you. Thomas' brigades and one of Wood's will be concentrated at Decherd in about four days. One of Wood's will probably be at Manchester. Nelson will probably reach McMinnville to-morrow. Let nothing that transpires escape detection and be ready. Are you satisfied with your position?

D. C. BUELL.

HEADQUARTERS,

Huntsville, August 2, 1862.

General McCOOK, Battle Creek:

Your other brigade will join you at once. Be watchful and be prepared to act offensively or defensively. Work on the cipher; it is correct. It is not very important, but I want you to have the information.

D. C. BUELL.

HEADQUARTERS,

Huntsville, August 2, 1862.

General McCOOK:

Can you use more artillery with advantage in your present position? Send by the train to-day the best informed guide you can find for the country immediately about you; also one who knows the country well between McMinnville and Chattanooga and this side.

D. C. BUELL.

HEADQUARTERS,

Huntsville, August 2, 1862.

General McCOOK, Battle Creek:

A boy has arrived here from the other side, and states that Bragg has