War of the Rebellion: Serial 053 Page 0136 KY., SW.VA., TENN.,MISS., N. ALA. AND N. GA. Chapter XLII.

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road to cut up the rebel cavalry. For God's sake have the bridge repaired as speedily as possible. If you have an opportunity, telegraph Granger and ask if he gave such orders.

JOSEPH HOOKER,

Major-General, Commanding.

STEVENSON, October 6, 1863-8.30 p.m.

Major-General. BUTTERFIELD:

In the country in which you are operating I should think that four guns would be as many as could be used to advantage. In infantry can hold the work at Tullahoma, which they ought to do from my recollection of it, I would take the guns there if of use to you.

JOSEPH HOOKER,

Major-General, Commanding.

DUCK RIVER BRIDGE,

[October 6, 1863.]

Major-General BUTTERFIELD:

No news except this. A man came through to-day from Murfreesborough, and says three small bridges and a mile of track are all that are destroyed. A number of bridges, &c., are left. The rebels seem to have struck the road at both ends. No rebel force this side of Murfreesborough. A large Union force in Murfreesborough. Mechanics at work on the Stone's River bridge, a mile this side of Murfreesborough. The Engineers and Mechanics now are beginning work on the bridge near Wartrace. No rebels, but 6 east of us seen to-day. Scouts in and found none.

Yours, very respectfully,

J. COBURN,

Colonel.

DUCK RIVER, October 6, 1863.

General BUTTERFIELD:

The Fifth Iowa Cavalry, the Seventh and Sixty-sixth Ohio, are moving on Wartrace. Our scouts are out and have not returned.

J. COBURN,

Colonel, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH AND TWELFTH CORPS,

Stevenson, Ala., October 6, 1863.

(Received 4 p.m., 7th).

Major-General SLOCUM,

Or Senior Officer Twelfth Corps, at Murfreesborough:

GENERAL: The telegraph and railroad on the line of communications being interrupted, directions have been given to Major-General Butterfield to assume command of the forces of the Twelfth Corps on this side of the interruption, and with them to push forward and open communication with you.