War of the Rebellion: Serial 059 Page 0357 Chapter XLIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Decatur, Ala., April 14, 1864-6 p.m.

Brigadier General G. M. DODGE,

Commanding Left Wing, Sixteenth Army Corps, Athens:

Major Kuhn states that his scouts find no large body of the enemy near, but squads or companies on all the roads, forming a chain of pickets at an average distance of 6 miles from here. He has sent a strong detachment toward Triana, and parties on all the roads leading south and west.

I ordered a detachment from Mooresville to go up the river. Will send dispatch as soon as I get report.

JAMES C. VEATCH,

Brigadier-General.

ATHENS, April 14, 1864.

Brigadier General J. C. VEATCH, Decatur:

Send Ninth Illinois, mounted, out toward Somerville and Triana. General Geary returned; reports a force of the enemy three regiments strong, and artillery [near Triana], and one regiment on this side of river. Have them ascertain what is in the valley. Troops at Florence report heavy force opposite them. Do you get any news from that quarter?

G. M. DODGE,

Brigadier-General.

APRIL 14, 1864.

Brigadier General G. M. DODGE, Athens:

Feel out strongly from Decatur toward Somerville and opposite Triana. It is reported there are three regiments rebel infantry, with some artillery, in that vicinity.

JAS. B. McPHERSON,

Major-General, Commanding.

LEXINGTON, KY.,

April 14, 1864.

Colonel TRUE,

Commanding Fortieth Kentucky, Mount Sterling:

Information just received from Colonel Gallup. Rebels in full retreat from Paintsville. Lose no time uniting with Colonel Gallup, and if possible get in rear of rebels. Colonel Brown, Eleventh Michigan, will be in Mount Sterling by 10 a.m. to-morrow.

E. H. HOBSON,

Brigadier-General.

LEXINGTON, KY.,

April 14, 1864.

Major-General STONEMAN, Paris:

Colonel True, Fortieth Kentucky, will leave Mount Sterling to-morrow morning for Paintsville to assist Colonel Gallup. I have ordered him to support troops at West Liberty in their advance.