War of the Rebellion: Serial 023 Page 0503 Chapter XXVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC- UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE OHIO,

Cincinnati, Ohio, September 10, 1862.

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

My scouts bring me information that there are from 2,000 to 6,000 of Morgan's men at Florence, Ky., 16 miles from this place.

J. F. HARRISON,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

NORTH BEND.

The above dispatch to Major R. M. Corwine just received at these headquarters.

AND. C. KEMPER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE OHIO,

Cincinnati, Ohio, September 10, 1862.

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

The following just sent to me. Governor Morton considers Williams perfectly reliable:

Reliable scouts to-day report the advance of the main body of the rebels. About 10,000 were at Zion, 3 miles north of Florence, bone county, last night. Their right wing on Bank Lick turnpike, 3 or 4 miles east of Lexington pike. The rear force occupied Crittenden last night. There is a very considerable force at New Liberty, Owen County, mostly new recruits.

H. T. WILLIAMS,

Colonel, Commanding.

N. H. McLEAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE OHIO,

Cincinnati, Ohio, September 10, 1862-7.30 p. m.

Major General LEW. WALLACE, Covington, Ky.:

The following is just received:

Governor MORTON:

I sent three citizens, scouts, into Kentucky day before yesterday morning, and the last one has just come in. He is perfectly reliable, and reports as follows:

"We went within 3 miles of Florence about noon to-day. At that time a large body of the enemy had passed through in direction of Covington, on Covington and Lexington pike; the whole force moving in that direction on that road was said to be 12,000-infantry, artillery, and cavalry. He heard their drums and artillery wagons distinctly. A great many of their men are reported to be barefooted. The information he received as to their numbers, conditions, and mode of attack on Covington and Cincinnati came from reliable acquaintances. they are approaching from three different points, viz, by the Lexington and Covington pike, Independence pike, and down Licking River. On both sides they have pickets out 7 miles from the river. Opposite North Bend hundreds of rebel citizens of Bone and adjoining counties are joining the confederate forces as they passed along. Secessionists at Florence said the intention was to cross the Ohio at or below North Bend and attack Cincinnati in the rear.

Whole force estimated at 30,000January

BEN. SPOONER.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General, Commanding.