LEXINGTON, April 15, 1864.
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,
Operator at Mount Sterling will send this dispatch to Colonel True by courier.
E. H. HOBSON,
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,
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.
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.