War of the Rebellion: Serial 023 Page 0397 Chapter XXVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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I turned back from my camp in the Sequatchie I sent 2 men to observe the road. I fear they have been captured. I also sent one out this morning. I am looking for him every moment. I have no positive information that they have entered the valley in force. I will march at 3.30 a. m. by the Gizzard road to Tracy City. Will take two batteries, one of Crittenden's and one of my own. My artillery will be sent as ordered.

McCOOK.

VIA BATTLE CREEK, August 23, 1862.

General BUELL:

The Higginbottom turnpike from Sequatchie Valley is absolutely impassable for wheels. My own and Crittenden's divisions are encamped 5 miles from the mouth of Battle Creek, 8 miles from Tracy, 28 miles from Decherd by Sweeden's Cove. I command both roads. Can move to Battle Creek, Tracy City, or Decherd. The enemy were not moving down the river last night. I have not yet had a report this morning. I can get beef here and will get along well. I think I am in the right place and hope it conforms to the spirit of your instructions.

McCOOK,

General.

HEADQUARTERS, Decherd, August 23, 1862.

General NEGLEY, Columbia:

General Rousseau is ordered to take up all bridge guards between Huntsville and Columbia by cars. As soon as he gets to Columbia you must march with all the force there for Nashville and pick up all the troops on the line.

JAMES B. FRY.

HEADQUARTERS, Decherd, August 23, 1862.

General NEGLEY, Columbia:

As soon as General Rousseau takes up the troops south of you and passes Columbia you will march your whole force to Nashville. Take everything that can be taken or sent and destroy the rest.

JAMES B. FRY.

HEADQUARTERS, Decherd, August 23, 1862.

General ROSECRANS, or General PAINE,

Commanding Officer at Decatur:

Paine's and Mitchell's divisions must move by forced marches on Nashville.

D. C. BUELL,

Major-General.

(Forward at once by large cavalry force.)