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[CHAP. XXVIII.

HEADQUARTERS,

Decherd, August 25, 1862.

General ROUSSEAU, Huntsville:

Send couriers to Paine and Mitchell, and tell them to collect and drive in all the beef cattle they can get on the march, giving receipts.

D. C. BUELL.

HEADQUARTERS,

Decherd, August 25, 1862.

Colonel SHOEMAKER, Stevenson:

Continue to strengthen your position. Use negro labor, and be prepared for obstinate defense.

JAMES B. FRY,

Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS,

Decherd, August 25, 1862.

Major SIDELL, Nashville:

The troops which crossed at Muscle Shoals several days ago were probably ours. They will be with you soon. Bragg is not near Decherd, and if he comes we will try and attend to him. We are all ready, and there is no danger except the annoyance from Morgan's force.

JAMES B. FRY.

HEADQUARTERS,

Decherd, August 25, 1862.

Major SIDELL, Nashville:

Our general orders about paroled men must be executed. Send to their regiments under guard any men you can hear of who are about Nashville on such paroles.

JAMES B. FRY,

Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS,

Decherd, August 25, 1862.

Colonel STANLEY, Tullahoma:

Leave all the stores you have brought down at Tullahoma to be sent here and then go back to Manchester and send down the rest. Don't march your regiment away from Manchester till further orders. Keep six days' rations on hand.

JAMES B. FRY.

HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Altamont, August 25, 1862-5 p.m.

General BUELL, Decherd:

The enemy no nearer than Dunlap. It is reported there is one brigade there and one at Pikeville. This I learn here, and which confirms the report of Major Laughlin, First Ohio Cavalry, who made a reconnaissance near Spencer on Friday last, returning to McMinnville yes-