that Van Dorn's force hastily retreated to the south side of Duck River. None were on this side, in our front. Sheridan's division, with Minty's cavalry, leave to-morrow morning for Murfreesborough. There is a rumor that a portion of Van Dorn's fore were unable to cross in front of Columbia, and have passed up this side of Duck River, in the direction of Shelbyville, to cross at White's Bridge. I would suggest that the troops at Eagleville be pushed rapidly in that direction, to intercept them. If this rumor should prove certain, I will make a dash on Raleigh and farther.
MARCH 12, 1863.
Brigadier-General PAINE, Gallatin:
The general commanding is surprised to hear that you have no troops occupying the fort. You will at once occupy it with a force sufficient for its defense, and construct water-tanks, cisterns, and whatever may be necessary to make it a complete work. You will also have all your stockades occupied.
J. A. GARFIELD,
Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.
MURFREESBOROUGH, TENN., March 12, 1863.
Am very much obliged for your dispatch. I think Pillow may be in vicinity of mouth of Duck River with his conscripts, but Wheeler is reported over at McMinnville, commanding right wing of enemy's cavalry.
W. S. ROSECRANS,
HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Memphis, Tenn., March 12, 1863.
Commanding Department, Murfreesborough, Tenn.:
GENERAL: It being officially reported to me that Forts Henry and Heiman were occupied by the rebels, I have ordered an expedition to retake them.
S. A. HURLBUT,
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF CENTRAL KENTUCKY,
Lexington, Ky., March 12, 1863.
Major N. H. McLEAN,
Asst. Adjt. General, Dept. of the Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio:
MAJOR: I have the honor to report the return of Brigadier-General Carter to this post from his mission to headquarters Department of the Cumberland. The First and Second East Tennessee Volunteer Infantry were ready to start when the general left Nashville, the day before yes-