War of the Rebellion: Serial 023 Page 0538 KY., M. AND E. TENN., N. ALA., AND SW. VA. Chapter XXVIII.

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having moved this way. Three young men arrived to-day from Munfordville with a letter without signature, but known by me the handwriting of a friend at Munfordville, which is as follows:

"WOODSONVILLE, KY., September 11, 1862.

"Bragg Buckner, Hardee, and, they say, Polk are here with about 30,000 a few more or less. They say they are going to Louisville. They report that Buell has attacked their rear. They are in line of battle between here and Horse Cave. Skirmish out there this evening. Say they have other troops coming on. Colonel Wilder fought them Sunday, and Tuesday, and was compelled to surrender at day-light. Look out; a large force is coming on you certainJanuary

The troops are in the best of spirits possible, and I shall make good the defense.

Very truly,




Major-General, Commanding.


Cincinnati, Ohio, September 23, 1862.

Gov. RICHARD YATES, Springfield, Ill.:

Please hasten on your regiments as rapidly as possible to Louisville. The place is seriously threatened by Bragg.


Major-General, Commanding.

WASHINGTON, September 24, 1862.

Colonel J. C. McKIBBIN, Aide-de-Camp:

COLONEL: As the bearer of the accompanying dispatches you will proceed by the most practicable to the army of General Buell in the field.

The Secretary of War directs that if General buell should be found in the presence of the enemy preparing to fight a battle, or if he should have gained a victory, or if General Thomas should be separated from him so as not be able to enter upon the command of the troops operating against the enemy, these dispatches will not be delivered,* and you will in either of the contingence above mentioned telegraph to these headquarters for further instructions. If while en route to General Buell you should ascertain that either of these contingencies have occurred you will telegraph the facts and await orders

If neither of these events should occur you will present the dispatches to both General Buell and General Thomas and return to these headquarters.

This mission is strictly confidential, and the nature of your instructions or object of your visit will not be communicated to any one.

If by any accident you should fall into the hands of the enemy you will destroy your dispatches.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,




*See Halleck to McKibbin, September 27, 29, and to buell and Thomas, September 29, and McKibbin to Halleck, September 29.