War of the Rebellion: Serial 023 Page 0486 KY., M. AND E. TENN., N. ALA., AND SW. VA. Chapter XXVIII.

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have more doubt of, but if held it seems to me it should be strongly. Enemy is probably approaching this way if moving at all. Estimated of his strength from 20,000 to 30,000 men, with over forty guns. Have telegraphed Gilbert in regard to leaving part of Dumont's force at Lebanon.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE OHIO,

Cincinnati, Ohio, September 5, 1862.

Brigadier General J. T. BOYLE, Louisville, Ky.:

Should like to keep a force at Lebanon, but if attacked it could not be supported and would most likely be cut off. It should come in. I have reports that Kirby Smith, with 30,000 rebels, was in Paris this morning. This don't look like an advance on Louisville, as he can't have force to divide up.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE OHIO,

Cincinnati, Ohio, September 5, 1862.

Brigadier General E. DUMONT, Lebanon, Ky.:

Move with your command at once upon Louisville and report there to General Gilbert. Move at once, cautiously and rapidly, on Louisville. I do not believe you will be interrupted, but you may be. I wish to concentrate on Louisville.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE OHIO,

Cincinnati, Ohio, September 5, 1862.

Captain H. C. McDOWELL,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Louisville, Ky.:

What information regarding Gilbert and Boyle? Can the stores at Bowling Green be safely withdrawn to Louisville and the garrison be added to that at Munfordville? We can't hold either against serious attack unless they are re-enforced. Answer promptly.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General, Commanding.

LOUISVILLE, KY., September 5, 1862.

Major-General WRIGHT:

Combined force here is 17,000 infantry, 2,000 cavalry, two batteries, and seven guns with General Gillbert. No troops yet arrived from Lebanon. Do not think enemy is advancing in any force. There is no enemy about Bowling Green or Munfordville; think by concentrating