War of the Rebellion: Serial 023 Page 0466 KY., M. AND E. TENN., N. ALA., AND SW. VA. Chapter XXVIII.

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We were badly defeated at Richmond. Generals Nelson and Cruft wounded; heavy loss. Buckner is advancing in direction of this city from Tompkinsville. the new troops will not stand before drilled rebels. Can we not have troops from General Grant's army? The whole State will be in possession of rebels if some efficient aid is not rendered immediately.

J. T. BOYLE,

Brigadier-General.

LOUISVILLE, August 31, 1862.

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

Colonel Bruce, commanding at Bowling Green, advises me that there are near 1,000 soldiers returning to join General Buell's army at Bowling Green. There are several hundred here. If they can be furnished arms they can go through to Nashville safely. Shall they go forward? Will you instruct ordnance officer here to furnish the arms? Arms can be turned over to authorities at Nashville. This dispatch is by direction of General Wright.

J. T. BOYLE,

Brigadier-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, August 31, 1862.

General BOYLE, Louisville, Ky.:

The ordnance officer will give you arms for the convalescents. General Grant was long ago directed to give General Buell all the troops he could spare. I will ascertain if it be possible for him to give you any more.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

WASHINGTON, D. C., August 31, 1862.

Gov. AUSTIN BLAIR, Detroit, Mich.:

All Michigan troops not already started for Washington will be subject to General Wright's orders.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

LOUISVILLE, August 31, 1862.

Major-General WRIGHT:

Shall I order forces to Lebanon or concentrate them here? The very worst news comes from Richmond.

J. T. BOYLE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE OHIO,

Cincinnati, Ohio, August 31, 1862.

Major General HORATIO G. WRIGHT, Lexington, Ky.:

Governor of Ohio has ordered four regiments as fast as possible; has