have sent a courier to Colonel Runkle to come back toward Lexington, and send me the horses Captain Webster has, said to be 300, at least.
I am, respectfully, yours,
[Q. A. GILLMORE.]
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE OHIO,
Cincinnati, Ohio, February 26, 1863.
Brigadier-General GILLMORE, Lexington, Ky.:
Make the Kentucky River your line. If the boats have been destroyed, as they should be, enemy can't cross in face of your force. This will give us time. If Cluke is broken up, as I suppose, our troops on railroad may be withdrawn, except small forces at block-houses. I will send you everything I have, and will telegraph you again shortly. Keep me advised of any further information you may receive.
H. G. WRIGHT,
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF CENTRAL KENTUCKY,
Lexington, Ky., February 26, 1863.
Colonel BENJAMIN P. RUNKLE,
Between Mount Sterling and Irvine:
The enemy are advancing in force, on the road through Richmond, toward this place. You should bring your force in this direction as fast as possible, so that we can concentrate in his front. Report to me frequently. Lose no time.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Q. A. GILLMORE,
BOWLING GREEN, February 26, 1863.
A party of some 50 rebels destroyed a freight train at Woodburn, 12 miles below here, to-day at about 1 p. m.; then turned the locomotive and one car loose in the direction of Nashville. It passed Frankfort at full speed. Cavalry and infantry start at once in search of the rebels. The Nashville and Russellville train barely escaped, and is detained here.
February 27, 1863 - 7 p. m.
I have no disposition to transcend my authority over the paymaster, but I must respectfully represent to you that I understand the way things are working here. I emphatically declare that the orders of the Paymaster-General to Major Larned, to go to Louisville, will work an injury, and possibly a great one, to the service here, and, for these