Washington City, March 30, 1863.
Major General W. S. ROSECRANS,
The Secretary of War directs me to inform you that to-day 1,400 Gallangher's carbines, 150 Sharps' carbines, 226 Smith's carbines, and 500 Burnside's carbines, in all 2,276 carbines, with accouterments complete, have been forwarded to you, directed to Nashville, Tenn. We have on hand 792 sets of horse equipments of the Ranger pattern, 496 of the Grimsley pattern, 2,000 of the ordinary citizens' pattern, in all 3,288 sets of good, substantial, new horse equipments, very suitable for mounting infantry, which can be sent immediately, if you desire it; and in a very short time from 2,000 to 4,000 sets of the new cavalry pattern can be sent to you to mount cavalry. Shall either or both be sent? How many pistols, if any, do you want?
P. H. WATSON,
Assistant Secretary of War.
March 30. 1863.
P. H. WATSON:
Thanks for the arms ordered. Please send us 6,000 Col't pistols (new pattern), and all the horse equipments mentioned, including citizens' saddles, soon as possible.
W. S. ROSECRANS,
MARCH 30, 1863.
Brigadier General R. B. MITCHELL, Nashville:
You are authorized and directed to revoke al safeguards on wood needed for the public service, using your judgment as to which ones to commence with.
By order of Major-General Rosecrans:
GALLATIN, March 30, 1863-4.30 p.m.
GENERAL: Within twenty-four hours 60 rebels have crossed Cumberland River in canoes, swimming their horses, this side of Hartsville; 17 between Hartsville and stone house, and quite a number between stone house and Carthage. They got back into the high hills between the river and the Kentucky line, crossed the river little north of this town, going into Robertson County. Some have crossed below Nashville, and are scattered through the country between this and Springfield. I hourly expect they will attack the railroad from 20 to 40 miles north of this.
E. A. PAINE,