War of the Rebellion: Serial 023 Page 0553 Chapter XXVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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not know what a morning report is, never having heard of such a thing, or a roll call.

If I can have a few days' rest for these new regiments I can do a great deal toward organizing, arming, and instructing them. It has been impossible to accomplish much in this respect since I have commanded them, they being on constant duty nearly all the time.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. GAY,

Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE OHIO,

Cincinnati, Ohio, September 28, 1862.

General A. J. SMITH,

Commanding, &c., Covington, Ky.:

Brigadier General Quincy A. Gillmore will proceed immediately to Point Pleasant, to take command temporarily of the District of Western Virginia and the counties in Ohio adjacent thereto and bordering on the Ohio River.

General Smith, please send this to general Gillmore without delay.

By order of Major General H. G. Wright:

N. H. McLEAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE OHIO,

Louisville, Ky., September 28, 1862.

Major General N. H. McLEAN,

Chief of Staff, Cincinnati, Ohio:

Send two regiments to Point Pleasant if General Smith can spare them, and send Gillmore at any rate. Let Burbridge be assigned. General Smith must decide must who shall take Gillmore's place. The assignment of Gillmore is temporary, unless his rank will enable me to keep him in command. Authorize the steam forcing engine. I shall be back to-morrow morning.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General, Commanding.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, September 28, 1862.

Major General HORATIO G. WRIGHT, Cincinnati, Ohio.:

Do as you deem best in carrying out promises to Indiana volunteers. Why is General Morgan retreating, and what force of the enemy is pursuing him? His abandonment of Cumberland Gap must be promptly inquired into and reported on.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

HEADQUARTERS,

Cincinnati, Ohio, September 28, 1862.

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

I do not know why General Morgan is retreating. He has been instructed to hold on to the last, and has never spoken in his dispatches