War of the Rebellion: Serial 035 Page 0039 Chapter XXXV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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NASHVILLE, February 3, 1863.

Major-General ROSECRANS:

A scout just in reports that Wharton's and Wheeler's cavalry (6,000 men) and one battery of artillery left Franklin on Saturday evening last at 3 o'clock for Harpeth Shoals, boasting they would take one hundred Federal transports, there being but two gunboats in convoy. Van Dorn is across the Tennessee River with his command, and marching to Shelbyville, so Generals Cheatham and Walthall asserted last Friday evening. Bragg expects no other re-enforcements at present. Joe Johnston was at Tullahoma last Wednesday, but Bragg is in command. He made a speech to his men there that day, and told them he would fight there. Full report to you in the morning. I consider the information reliably reported, and comes from high rebel sources.

Respectfully,

WM. TRUESDAIL,

[Chief of Police.]

MURFREESBOROUGH, February 3, 1863.

Commanding Officer, La Vergne:

Five hundred of Morgan's cavalry reported to be west of road from here to Lebanon, with intention of cutting in on our trains. Look out for him.

C. GODDARD,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

MURFREESBOROUGH, February 3, 1863.

Colonel W. W. LOWE, Fort Henry:

The general commanding directs me to say that you may at any moment expect an attack from Forrest, and that you should use great vigilance to keep from being surprised. Please notify Fort Donelson.

FRANK S. BOND,

Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES FORCES, Forts Henry, Heiman, and Donelson, February 3, 1863.

Colonel A. C. HARDING, Fort Donelson:

If you should be attacked, after making reconnaissance, get into your works, and hold position at all hazards. I can and will bring help during the evening and night. Let your command know this. Put a supply of water and anything you may need inside the entrenchments.

W. W. LOWE,

Colonel, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES FORCES, Forts Henry, Heiman, and Donelson, February 3, 1863.

Colonel A. C. HARDING, Fort Donelson:

Notify Colonel Bruce of the demonstration being made here, and tell him as soon as it subsides you will give him assistance. He will be notified when and what force we can bring. Will get the couriers ready this evening.

W. W. LOWE,

Colonel, Commanding.