War of the Rebellion: Serial 034 Page 0742 KY.,MID.AND E.TENN.,N.ALA.,AND SW.VA. Chapter XXXV.

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CINCINNATI, July 13, 1863.

Major KEITH, Hamilton:

How many troops can you arm positively, and how many have you there? When we know how many to send, we will send at once.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HAMILTON, July 13, 1863.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

Another scout just in. Says the enemy have encamped at Shakertown, 15 miles from this place, southwest.

KEITH,

Major, Commanding.

HAMILTON, OHIO, July 13, 1863.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

There are of the militia 500 men; 170 without arms; 10 of those armed without ammunition. We have of Dayton Guards 138 men. Two companies have just come in from Dayton, and are armed. Want ammunition, Austrian muskets. Governor Morton has just telegraphed that he has sent us one brigade and has 5,000 in pursuit of the rebels.

KEITH,

Major, Commanding.

HAMILTON, July 13, 1863. [Received 10.30 p.m.]

Major-General BURNSIDE:

GENERAL: The enemy crossed the Miami River at Venice and burned the bridge after them, and at dark were making almost a due east course, their advance being at Chester, some 10 miles.

F. M. KEITH,

Major, Commanding.

JULY 13, 1863.

Major KEITH, Dayton:

Take your force to Hamilton. Assume command there. Get out any citizen force you can, and scout well to the west and southwest, sending us all the reliable information you get.

J. D. COX,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF THE OHIO, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 13, 1863.

Major KEITH, Hamilton:

A large force is on the way from Indianapolis to you, and a battery, with such arms, &c., as can be spared, will be sent up from here. Everything that vigor and resolution can do will be expected of you, and, even if unsupported, you will do what can be done in blockading roads and obstructing the enemy's progress till he can be overtaken.

J. D. COX,

Brigadier-General.