Will send and expedition down the cove to-morrow. The gap was blocked when I arrived here. All clear now. I can see columns of dust in the valley, moving toward Rome.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, September 15, 1863-4.30 p. m.
From information received here to-day it is very probable that three divisions of Lee's army have been sent to re-enforce Bragg.
It is important that all the troops in your department be brought to the front with all possible dispatch, so as to help General Rosecrans.
H. W. HALLECK,
WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, September 15, 1863-4.35 p. m.
Department of the Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio:
It is important that all the troops you can possibly collect in the department should be immediately sent forward to re-enforce General Burnside. This must be done with energy and expedition.
H. W. HALLECK,
CINCINNATI, OHIO, September 15, 1863. (Received 1.25 a. m., 16th.)
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
I have ordered Major-General Parke to push forward with the Ninth Corps with all possible dispatch. The First Division is in the vicinity of Cumberland Gap, the Second beyond Nicholasville. I am hurrying forward all the troops I can.
W. P. ANDERSON,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Department of the Ohio.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE OHIO, Cincinnati, Ohio, September 15, 1863.
Colonel J. C. KELTON,
A. A. G., Hdqrs. of the Army, Washington, D. C.:
COLONEL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of a telegram from the General-in-Chief, dated at 5 o'clock this evening, directing me to push forward with energy and expedition all the troops I could possibly collect in the department to re-enforce General Burnside at Knoxville.