War of the Rebellion: Serial 034 Page 0740 KY.,MID.AND E.TENN.,N.ALA.,AND SW.VA. Chapter XXXV.

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CINCINNATI, July 13, 1863-6 p.m.

General WILLCOX, Indianapolis:

Have the battery loaded at once, and send to Hamilton.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

CINCINNATI, July 13, 1863.

WILLIAM BESSELL,

Hamilton, Butler County:

Martial law is hereby declared in Butler County, and Captain [Ransford] Smith is appointed military commandant of forces.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

CINCINNATI, July 13, 1863.

CHARLES DAVENPORT,

Superintendent Union Telegraph:

Please notify all the points on the river that can be reached by telegraph to keep the river clear of boats and of all means of crossing the river, whether by flats or otherwise.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

WEISBURG, July 13, 1863. [By special messenger to Lawrenceburg.]

Major-General BURNSIDE:

Rebel force, with right and left flankers, passed through here at about 8 o'clock, with left flank above and right flank below, in direction of Harrison, under command of General John [H.] Morgan, with 4,000 mounted men and five pieces of artillery. I will move to Lawrenceburg, via State road, with Colonel [Lawrence S.] Shuler's regiment of infantry,* 800 strong; Captain Robbins, of Colonel Gavin's regiment, 60 men; my own regiment, 350 infantry, and four pieces of artillery [6-pounders]. The railroad track is torn up from here down, in places. Impossible to proceed by railroad. My scouts report of citizens is that Morgan is making for the vicinity of Cincinnati to the Upper Ohio, where the shoal water will allow an easy crossing.

J. H. BURKHAM,

Colonel, Commanding.

LAWRENCEBURG, July 13, 1863-5.30 p.m.

General BURNSIDE:

Am just in. Colonel Shuler's command of Minute-men arrived just as we left the train. Enemy at New Alsace, on Big tanner's Creek, feeding, 4 miles in advance, two hours before his arrival. General Hobson's forces a few hours behind. Horses much jaded. Colonel [K. G.] Schryock follows in his rear. The evidence all leads to show Morgan moving on Harrison; his men worn out by severe marches. From the

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*One hundred and third Regiment Minute-men.

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