War of the Rebellion: Serial 040 Page 0171 Chapter XXXVII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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The threatened raids in Kentucky are of a much more formidable character than those in Western Virginia, and we must direct all our energies to meet them; otherwise they will cut off General Rosecrans' line of supplies, and force him to retreat.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

BALTIMORE,

March 30, 1863.

Brigadier-General KELLEY,

Commanding, &c.:

General Halleck telegraphs that no troops can be sent from other departments into this, and that those on the railroad must be used as far as possible to meet the raid of the cavalry in Western Virginia. Look out toward the west. General Roberst will concentrate, as far as practicable, in that direction, and you will co-operate with him.

R. C. SCHENCK,

Major-General, Commanding.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, March 30, 1863-10.555 p. m.

Major-General SCHENCK,

Baltimore, Md.:

If the enemy are at Point Pleasant, throw sufficient of your forces on that point to drive them out. It is useless to talk about additional cavalry troops. I have none to give you, nor any means to arm them. Act with the forces at your command. I can give you no others.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, March 30, 1863-3 p. m.

Major-General BURNSIDE,

Cincinnati, Ohio:

General Schenck has received advices that there is a rebel force on the Big Sandy, threatening the Kanawha Valley. You must look to this, and not let the enemy turn the Kanawha from the Kentucky line.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

MARIETTA, [OHIO]

March 30, 1863.

General BURNSIDE:

Some rebel cavalry, estimated about 400, have passed from Sandy Valley and East Kentucky into the Lower Kanawha region. The Sandy Valley posts still belong to the Department of the Ohio, I believe, and as the troops in the Kanawha are necessarily concentrated near Gauley Bridge, they have to rely almost wholly on your forces at Louisa, &c., to protect their right flank. I respectfully suggest the im-