War of the Rebellion: Serial 059 Page 0168 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter XLIV.

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NASHVILLE, March 27, 1864.

(Received 30th.)

Major-General HURLBUT, Memphis:

Re-enforcements by steam-boats left here to-day at 11 o'clock a. m. for Fort Donelson.

General Sherman telegraphs from Huntsville that after you are certain that Forrest cannot cross the Tennessee or Cumberland Rivers you will push rapidly for Savannah and move to Purdy and cut off his retreat, and that General Grierson shall follow Forrest as close as possible all the time.

LOVELL H. ROUSSEAU,

Major-General.

COLUMBUS, KY., March 27, 1864.

Colonel S. G. HICKS,

Commanding, & c., Paducah, Ky.:

The enemy is between this place and Mayfield. We are prepared for an attack to-night. I think, however, you have crippled them, and they will not come. Scouts that come in here bring news from them, and I think their loss exceeds your estimate.

M. BRAYMAN,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

COLUMBUS, KY., March 27, 1864.

Captain A. M. PENNOCK,

Master of Fleet, & c., Cairo, Ill.:

The enemy is in this neighborhood, and we are ready for attack to-night. They were badly crippled at Paducah and may not come. I will do all that is possible to respond to your wishes concerning Mound City.

M. BRAYMAN,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

COLUMBUS, KY., March 27, 1864.

Captain MUNROE,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Cairo, Ill.:

Rebels concentrating at Clinton under Forrest and Faulkner; will expect them in the morning; will keep you advised as long as possible. We received 400 men from Madrid this evening under Major Rabb; are in good trim for fighting.

C. B. SMITH,

Lieutenant and Aide-de-Camp.

COLUMBUS, March 27, 1864.

Captain A. M. PENNOCK,

Commanding Fleet at Cairo:

Last advices from the front show the rebels 4,000 strong at Clinton, under Forrest. We are expecting attack here in the morning early. Received 400 men from Madrid this evening. Are in good trim for fighting.

C. B. SMITH,

Lieutenant and Aide-de-Camp.