War of the Rebellion: Serial 053 Page 0202 KY.,SW.VA.,TENN.,MISS.,N.ALA.,AND N.GA. Chapter XLII.

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HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

La Grange, Tenn., October 9, 1863.

Colonel EDWARD HATCH,

Commanding Cavalry Division, In the Field:

Colonel E. W. Rice, with two regiments of infantry and one section of artillery, has been sent to Davis' Mills, where he will be ready to support you if necessary; he will probably remain during most of the day. You had better open communication with him at once.

By order of T. W. Sweeny, brigadier-general commanding:

L. H. EVERTS,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

La Grange, Tenn., October 9, 1863.

Colonel EDWARD HATCH,

Commanding Cavalry Division, In the Field:

Our cavalry, McCrillis, Hurst, and Phillips, have returned via Saulsbury. McCrillis is here. You had better fall back on the Holly Springs road within supporting distance of Colonel Rice, who is at Davis' Mills, and keep open communication with him, watching all approaches to this place from that direction. Inform me of all important movements of the enemy, or information thereof. Our cavalry were forced to fall back from Salem with quite a number killed and wounded.

By order of T. W. Sweeny, brigadier-general commanding:

L. H. EVERTS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

La Grange, Tenn., October 9, 1863.

Communicate with Colonel Hatch. He must fall back on the Holly Springs road, as the enemy is in strong force at Salem, having driven our forces out of that place last night. Colonels Hurst, McCrillis, and a part of the Ninth Illinois Infantry (mounted) having returned by way of Saulsbury, you will hold your position until further orders. Send the inclosed dispatch to Colonel Hatch.

By order of T. W. Sweeny, brigadier-general:

L. H. EVERTS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Inclosure.]

HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

La Grange, Tenn., October 9, 1863.

Colonel EDWARD HATCH,

Commanding Cavalry Division, In the Field:

COLONEL: Watch the enemy and keep him where he is if possible. I will join you in the morning with infantry, artillery, and cavalry.