days' rations for 25,00 men to meet him at this place. The train should reach here day after to-morrow (the 23d).
Answer this as soon as received.
GEO. H. THOMAS,
Major-General, U. S. Volunteers.
OCTOBER 20, 1862.
COMMANDING OFFICER AT DANVILLE:
Send orders to the One hundred and first Indiana and One hundred and twenty-third Illinois to move at once to Lebanon by forced marches and join the brigade under Colonel Hall. They are now at or near Danville. Acknowledge receipt and delivery of this order.
JAMES B. FRY,
Colonel, Chief of Staff.
CRAB ORCHARD, October 20, 1862.
You will break up your camp, take all your command, and join Colonel Murray in the operation to the Big Hill. As soon as the rebels are driven entirely away return and proceed to Lebanon unless otherwise ordered.
Colonel, Commanding Cavalry Division.
FALMOUTH, KY., October 20, 1862.
Major-General WRIGHT, Cincinnati, Ohio:
Our scouts from Paris have just captured a prisoner who had in his possession a letter from General Marshall to his wife that states that the entire rebel army is on its way out of the State of Kentucky as fast as it can go. "Our army has divided. General Bragg has gone one route, General Kirby Smith another, and Marshall another. Our route is the same as the one by which we entered the State. We will return by that terrible mountain road into good old VirginiaJanuary
I have telegraphed for the letter and will send it you. O, a kingdom for four regiments of cavalry!
A. J. SMITH,
COLUMBUS, OHIO, October 20, 1862.
Brigadier General George W. Morgan, now at Portland, Ohio, desires much an interview with you. I know enough of his business to justify me in asking you to give leave to visit Washington. Please do so.