War of the Rebellion: Serial 059 Page 0373 Chapter XLIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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LEXINGTON, April 15, 1864.

Colonel TRUE,

Fortieth Kentucky, Mount Sterling:

By direction of Major-General Stoneman, the detachment First Kentucky Cavalry at West Liberty will co-operate with you.

E. H. HOBSON,

Brigadier-General.

Operator at Mount Sterling will send this dispatch to Colonel True by courier.

E. H. HOBSON,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

Nashville, Tenn., April 15, 1864.

General McPHERSON, Huntsville:

Your two dispatches received. Estimate for 250 to 300 cartridges in the boxes, wagons, and at Huntsville depot.

Forrest took Pillow, killing 50 whites and taking 100 prisoners; also 300 negroes were murdered after capture. I don't understand it, as the place was long since abandoned by my order. I think Forrest is trying to draw us off and to prevent our concentration; same of the cavalry to which Dodge alludes.

Tell Dodge to find some other name for Flint River south of the Tennessee, which misleads me in his reports. Of course I don't suppose the enemy has anything like 5,000 men about Decatur. It is a force to observe and watch your movements.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

WOODVILLE, ALA., April 15, 1864.

Major R. R. TOWNES,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Huntsville, Ala.:

Effective strength of infantry at Woodville and Paint Rock is 213 commissioned officers and 3,617 enlisted men; effective strength of infantry at Vienna is 16 commissioned officers and 263 enlisted men; effective strength of infantry at Cottonville is 16 commissioned officers and 251 enlisted men; effective strength of artillery is 10 commissioned officers and 297 enlisted men; aggregate present, all arms, including sick, is 5,246; aggregate present and absent, 7,741.

One thousand veterans are on their way to this command.

P. JOS. OSTERHAUS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

PADUCAH, April 15, 1864.

General BRAYMAN:

A reliable gentleman has just come in from Maryfield; says Buford is there; that 2,000 rebels came from the south and met him there last night; that they say Forrest is at Obion, bridging to get his guns over; that they say they intend to take this place. Let them come; I am ready.

S. G. HICKS,

Colonel, Commanding Post.