War of the Rebellion: Serial 023 Page 0944 KY., M. AND E. TENN., N. ALA., AND SW. VA. Chapter XXVIII.

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ville crossing of Dick's River for the protection of our rear. They will report to Colonel Wheeler there. He has been instructed to report to you. Colonel Ashby has also been ordered there.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E, CUNNINGHAM,

Lieutenant and Acting Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF KENTUCKY,

Lancaster, Ky., October 14, 1862.

Colonel H. M. ASHBY,

Commanding Cavalry:

COLONEL: The major-general commanding directs that you proceed immediately to where the Lancaster and Danville pike crosses Dick's River and report to Colonel Wheeler with your command for the protection of our rear in that direction.

Very respectfully, &c.,

E. CUNNINGHAM,

Lieutenant and Acting Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF KENTUCKY,

Lancaster, Ky., October 14, 1862.

General JOHN P. McCOWN,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you send forward an officer of your staff who will hurry up your train with all possible speed. The enemy is very near us in rear. Your command must move to-day, so as to reach Jones by this evening late. Jones is 16 miles from Lancaster. There is plenty of water and a strong position, which you will select and occupy.

Very respectfully, obedient servant,

E. CUNNINGHAM,

Lieutenant and Acting Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF KENTUCKY,

Lancaster, Ky., October 14, 1862-7.30 a.m.

Colonel WHEELER,

Commanding Cavalry:

SIR: Major-General Smith directs me to say that he will not get all his command off from this place until very late to-day. A delay of probably two days will be occasioned by the Big Hill, over which we must pass. He desires that you hold the enemy in check as long as possible, as the safety of his command depends upon it. Colonel Morgan will be sent to your assistance as soon as he can be brought up from the rear.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. CUNNINGHAM,

Lieutenant and Acting Aide-de-Camp.