War of the Rebellion: Serial 023 Page 0966 KY., M. AND E. TENN., N. ALA., AND SW. VA. Chapter XXVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF KENTUCKY,

Flat Lick, Ky., October 19, 1862 - 9.50 p. m.

Brigadier General HENRY HETH, Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: General Smith directs me to say that for the present his headquarters will be at this point. General McCown encamps to-night at Laurel Hill, a little beyond Barboursville. General Bragg has directed him to fall back through that place. General Wheeler covers his rear. Colonel Wharton covers your rear on the old State road. You will direct him to report through you. He should obstruct the road as you fall back. General Stevenson encamped at Bush's Store to-night. General Buford and Colonel Ashby cover his rear.

Your obedient servant,

E. CUNNINGHAM,

Lieutenant and Acting Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF KENTUCKY,

Flat Lick, Ky., October 19, 1862 - 7.20 p. m.

Major General JOHN P. McCOWN, Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: General Stevenson encamps to-night at Bush's Store, about 20 miles from this point. General Heth encamps near the point at which he came into the old State road, about 13 miles distant. Colonel Ashby and General Buford cover General Stevenson's rear. Colonel Wharton covers General Heth's rear on the old State road. You will direct Colonel Wheeler to report to you and through you to me. General headquarters are established here for the present.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. CUNNINGHAM,

Acting Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF KENTUCKY,

Flat Lick, Ky., October 19, 1862 - 8 p. m.

Brigadier General C. L. STEVENSON,

Commanding First Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs me to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of 1,30 o'clock to-day. General McCown returns by Barboursville, Colonel Wheeler covering his rear. He encamps with his division at Laure Creek to-night. General Heth encamps near the point where he came into the old State road. Colonel Wharton covers his rear on that road. General buford and Colonel Ashby will still cover your rear. Provisions are being cooked for your brigade at different points along your route. His quarters will be here for the present.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. CUNNINGHAM,

Acting Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF KENTUCKY,

October 19, 1862 - 6.30 a. m.

General LEONIDAS POLK,

Commanding Army of the Mississippi:

GENERAL: A dispatch jus received from General McCown tells me the enemy have crossed Rockcastle and that our force there has retired