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NASHVILLE, November 18, 1862-8.15 p.m.

Major-General THOMAS,

Commanding Center, Gallatin, Tenn.:

A dispatch received this instant from General Crittenden, as Silver Springs, dated 3 p.m. to-day, says that Colonel Kennett has joined him from Gallatin to-day. What force, then, is left at Hartsville, and under whom?

J. P. GARESCHE

Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.

GALLATIN, November 18, 1862.

Colonel GARESCHE, Chief of Staff:

Two regiments of infantry and a battery of artillery, under Colonel Kise, Tenth Indiana, are at Hartsville now. Two regiments more of infantry will be there by daylight to-morrow.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Nashville, November 18, 1862.

Colonel KENNETT,

Commanding Cavalry Division, Hartsville, Tenn.:

COLONEL: Leaving one regiment of cavalry at Hartsville, with direction to report to Major-General Thomas, you will then, with the remainder of your force, take up the line of march for this city, and report at these headquarters. Use your own discretion as to route you will follow. Not being acquainted with the condition of your command, the general is unwilling to give you positive orders, but if, without undue risk, you could cross the Cumberland near to where you are now encamped, and come round by the way of Lebanon, he would be pleased to have you do so.

I am, colonel, yours, very respectfully,

J. P. GARESCHE,

Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Bowling Green, November 18, 1862-10 p.m.

Col. JOHN KENNETT,

Commanding Cavalry, Gallatin:

Dispatch received. Had information some time before of the affair at Gallatin. It is to be regretted that our cavalry has proved too slow for Morgan. It is hoped that you will execute your orders promptly. Colonel Zahm will join his division.

By order of Major-General Rosecrans:

ARTHUR C. DUCAT,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Acting Chief of Staff.