War of the Rebellion: Serial 034 Page 0772 KY., MID. AND E. TENN., N. ALA., AND SW. VA. Chapter XXXV.

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CAMP MARIETTA, July 18, 1863.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

I have no artillery and only about 300 armed infantry. Your orders as to obstruction of roads and removal of all means of crossing rivers are being executed.

W. R. PUTNAM,

Colonel, Commanding.

HAMDEN, July 18, 1863-5.30 a. m.

General BURNSIDE:

I will do so. Morgan cannot reach Bufington to-day. I can be there before him. I start in short time.

BEN. P. RUNKLE,

Colonel, Commanding.

HAMDEN, July 18, 1863-5.40 a. m.

General BURNSIDE:

Part of Morgan's men staid within 15 miles of here last night. We killed his guides.

BEN. P. RUNKLE,

Colonel, Commanding.

HAMDEN, July 18, 1863-9 a. m.

Major General AMBROSE E. BURNSIDE:

Colonel Joe Hill, with the cavalry and the best of my mounted men and best drilled infantry, goes ahead. I follow as soon as train arrives. Is Buffington Sholas nearest to Marietta or Parkersburg?

BEN. P. RUNKLE,

Colonel.

JULY 18, 1863.

Colonel RUNKLE, Hamden:

Buffington Shoals is 30 or 40 miles below Parkersburg. You will not be able to reach there in time. Look out that morgan does not reach Athens or Marietta. Assist the garrison, if necessary, at Parkersburg.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

SCOTT'S LANDING, July 18, 1863-11 p. m.

General BURNSIDE:

All right between here and Athens. People blockading road long line. Have heard nothing from Morgan since he was reported at Chestter at 11 a. m. to-day. Left force at points along line, to guard. I am in front of Marietta, and can assist Athens and Parkersburg.

BEN. P. RUNKLE,

Colonel, Commanding.