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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND.

Murfreesborough, April 19., 1863.

Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS,

Commanding Fourteenth Corps:

Brisk cannonading is now going on in the direction of Readyville. The general commanding directs you to hold your command in readiness, with two days' rations, to march, if necessary.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. A. GARFIELD,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

MURFREESBOROUGH, April 19, 1863.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

Colonel Ducat just arrived. Rebels appear active. Concentrate your west column near Glasgow or in front, and arrange for a grand depot at Bowling Green. Use your river. Massing rapidly near Glasgow highly advisable.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Major-General.

MURFREESBOROUGH,

April 19, 1863-11.45 p.m.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

Please tell Colonel Swords to let General Stanley have 2,000 horses for cavalry as soon as they can be purchased.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

MURFREESBOROUGH, April 19, 1863.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

You are where you can get horses; I am not; consequently, you should send me the Second Ohio Cavalry. You will have to mount infantry, as I do.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Major-General.

HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS,

Winchester, Ky., April 19, 1863.

Lieutenant Colonel R. C. MITCHELL:

SIR: I had authorized and directed Colonel Lilly, Fourteenth Kentucky Cavalry, to mount his dismounted men from the horses of avowed or notoriously disloyal citizens. Fearing, however, that his agents were not collecting the horses according to the spirit or letter of his orders, I have directed him to discontinue his operations. You will please, therefore, take steps to procure a number not exceeding 150 horses-serviceable cavalry horses-from the avowed or notorious secessionists in this country. In doing this, you will please bear in mind that it is important that farming operations should not be broken up. Persons who