War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0738 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., N. ALA., AND N. GA., Chapter XLII.

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GERMANTOWN, September 19, 1863.

General GRIERSON:

Eleventh Illinois passed at 11 a.m.; Tenth Missouri not yet passed.

EDWARD HATCH.

LA GRANGE, September 19, 1863.

Brigadier-General GRIERSON:

A citizen, K. M. Harden, who lives 6 miles east of Purdy, reports this afternoon that Colonel Wilson, rebel, crossed the Tennessee River at Saltillo on Tuesday, the 15th instant, with about 500 men; swam their horses. On Wednesday Colonel Wilson passed near Purdy, going toward Jackson. His avowed purpose is to conscript.

They shot the father of one of the officers of the Sixth Tennessee Cavalry. That regiment asks permission to go after Wilson.

Your obedient servant,

L. F. McCRILLIS,

Colonel, Commanding Cavalry Brigade.

COLLIERVILLE, September 19, 1863.

Brigadier-General GRIERSON:

We were delayed at Corinth on account of horse equipments;

nearly all of ours were condemned. We cannot move from Memphis without them. At least 250 saddles are needed; those in use are ruining the horses; we have 200 dismounted men. A complete set of harness for forge; good horses for same. Many complaints to make, but will be in Memphis by daylight, God willing.

F. W. BENTEEN,

Major Tenth Missouri Cavalry.

COLLIERVILLE, September 19, 1863.

Brigadier General B. H. GRIERSON:

We marched 34 miles, arriving one hour ago. Received your order to come through to-night. We have a very heavy forge, horses old; stock will rest and feed, getting in by daylight. Our howitzer battery is in bad condition; very. Please answer.

F. W. BENTEEN,

Major Tenth Missouri Cavalry.

WASHINGTON, D. C.,

September 19, 1863-2.50 p.m.

Governor MORTON,

Indianapolis:

General Lew. Wallace is hereby authorized to report to you, and is at liberty to render you assistance in any part of the State.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.