War of the Rebellion: Serial 034 Page 0762 KY., MID. AND E. TENN., N. ALA., AND SW. VA. Chapter XXXV.

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prevent his crossing. I trust we shall be able to keep the run of him, yet I find it now becoming very difficult.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

LEROY FITCH,

Commanding Gunboats.

JULY 16, 1863.

Governor ROBINSON, Frankfort, Ky.:

Governor TOD, Columbus, Ohio:

Morgan's advance probably encamped at Locust Grove last night, with his line extending as far down as West Union. Hobson was in close pursuit, and his main body no doubt reached Sardinia last night. I have sent up what I considered an ample force of artillery and infantry, convoyed by gunboats, to prevent his crossing. I have also sent a cavalry force which will reach Portsmouth this afternoon, and will immediately move out to check Morgan's advance. It is possible that he may turn up in the direction of Chillicohte. Our prospect of catching Morgan is fair.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

(Same to General Boyle.)

JULY 16, 1863.

Commanding Officer, Gallipolis:

Send messenger to General Scammon, telling him of Morgan's position. He is now at Jackson.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

JULY 16, 1863.

Operator, Piketon, Ohio:

What force have we at Piketon? Have all the bridges over the Scioto been burned? If not, they must be at once, to prevent Morgan's passage. Answer quick.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

CINCINNATI, July 16, 1863.

General WHITE, Catlettsburg:

Do not send any steamer down. Our forces are moving up toward Portsmouth, and will probably reach there this afternoon. Morgan was at Locust Grove last night, evidently moving on Portsmouth, but may turn and go in direction of Chillicothe, though not likely.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES FORCES,

Bowling Green, Ky., July 16, 1863.

Capt A. C. SEMPLE,

Assistant Adjutant-General, District of Kentucky:

CAPTAIN: On the 7th instant, in view of the small force here, and the possibility of an attack by the rebels, under Morgan, I published a notice that there would be a meeting that evening for the purpose of