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and cavalry will march to Paducah. Infantry will go by rail to Columbus, Ky. My old regiments are very much reduced from the number of engagements they have been in. I will spare them, however, if required. I will send troops as fast as the capacity of our railroads will permit. Send light-draught boats to Columbus, Ky.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE OHIO,

No. 8. Cincinnati, Ohio, September 4, 1862.

I. Colonel Thomas Swords, assistant quartermaster-general, U. S. Army, is hereby appointed a member of the department staff, and announced as chief of quartermaster's department.

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By command of Major-General Wright:

N. H. McLEAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.

CINCINNATI, OHIO, September 4, 1862 - 9 p. m.

Major General H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief:

Can you tell me in regard to the importance of holding the railroad from Bowling Green to Louisville? If garrisons are to be withdrawn, the sooner the better.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General, Commanding.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, September 5, 1862.

Major-General WRIGHT, Cincinnati, Ohio:

As I know neither where Buell is nor the position of the enemy I cannot advise in regard to the importance of holding Bowling Green. If the garrison is likely to be cut off, withdraw it of course. The great object should now be to concentrate your forces upon the best point to strike the enemy. Give me an outline of your own position and forces and also those of the enemy, at least approximately.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

NASHVILLE, September 5, 1862.

Colonel HAZEN, Murfreesborough:

Is everything cleared out? Be sure about it. There must not be a cartridge of an ounce of provisions abandoned.

D. C. BUELL.

TELEGRAPH OFFICE, September 5, 1862.

Colonel J. B. FRY:

A party of three men I sent out Wednesday morning on the Clarksville Railroad to repair the wire report that there are 300 barrels flour