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HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, DISTRICT OF THE OHIO, Decherd, Tenn.,

August 9, 1862.

Colonel J. B. FRY, Chief of Staff, Huntsville:

Confidential dispatch of August 8 just received and will be attended to.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, U. S. Volunteers.

HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, DISTRICT OF THE OHIO, Decherd, Tenn.,

August 9, 1862.

Major-General BUELL, Huntsville:

Crittenden's train is here. It consists of 38 wagons, teams, &c., in good condition. Forage scarce here. Would it not be best to send them through to Decatur with McCook's teams?

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, U. S. Volunteers.

HUNTSVILLE, August 9, 1862.

General THOMAS:

General Buell thinks all the trains, McCook's included, had better remain at Decherd for the present. Order accordingly.

JAMES B. FRY,

Colonel and Asst. Adjt. General, Chief of Staff.

HUNTSVILLE, August 9, 1862.

Major-General THOMAS:

Place the strictest injunctions on the cavalry officer going out on the 11th against committing outrages whatever. Under no circumstances will they be tolerated.

Only suspicious or notoriously disloyal and hostile persons are to be arrested. In taking horsed it must be done in such a way that orderly persons shall not be deprived of what may be necessary for their ordinary work, and in every case a formal receipt will be given. A quartermaster or acting quartermaster will take charge of every horse so taken and be responsible for him, and the commanding officer will see that every horse is accounted for.

BUELL,

Major-General.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Huntsville, August 9, 1862.

An immense amount of unimportant business is sent to these headquarters from division and other independent commands. Many papers are sent forward which should be disposed of by the division commanders; others are sent merely indorsed "Respectfully forwarded," the division commander giving no information or opinion to enable a correct decision here, and others rendering necessary a continual reference of papers back and forth. The general commanding desires the