War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0168 Chapter XIII. KY.,SW.VA.,TENN.,MISS.,N.ALA.,AND N.GA.

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must be detained until a military [court] can be convened to try him. We will make no more details from you, but will send and escort from here with each train. Send back by Colonel Wood all convalescents for First and Third Brigades.

Very respectfully,

E. A. OTIS,

Asst. Adjt. General, Third Div., Twenty-first Army Corps.

NASHVILLE, TENN.,

August 25, 1863.

Colonel A. A. SMITH,

Fort Donelson:

Send the Thirteenth Wisconsin. It must march tomorrow. By order of Major-General Granger:

W. C. RUSSELL,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

NASHVILLE, TENN.,

August 25, 1863.

Colonel S. D. BRUCE,

Clarksville:

Send the Twenty-eighth Kentucky to Columbia to report to Colonel McCook. By command of Major-General Granger:

W. C. RUSSELL,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

LARKINSVILLE,

August 25, 1863-9 p. m.

Major W. H. SINCLAIR,

Cavalry Corps:

Major Lesslie, Fourth Indiana Cavalry, in command of a detachment from that regiment from Paint Rock Bridge, had a fight with the rebels yesterday at the ferry opposite Fort Deposit. All the rebels in the ferry-boat, including a notorious conscript agent, Cooper, were either killed or wounded. The rebels fired from the boat and from the opposite bank of the river. Our men responded with effect, killing and making them leave their position on the south river bank. Also took 6 prisoners.

Refugees and deserters from the rebel army are coming in daily at our various stations. The deserters unite in reporting that Bragg's army is very much demoralized, desertions occurring and increasing daily. A party of 5 of the Sixth Kentucky Cavalry were taken prisoners by bushwhackers about 8 miles from here on Mayswille road to-day. Ordered all property burned in vicinity and parties sent put promptly in pursuit from Paint Rock and here.

EDWARD M. McCOOK,

Colonel.