War of the Rebellion: Serial 079 Page 0022 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter LI.

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in fort full of water, rations all there. We have a large number of arms, accouterments, horse equipments, &c., that we cannot issue, the command being captured, which I would suggest should be sent to Nashville for storage, they being in the way here and of no use.

JOHN C. STARKWEATHER,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

PULASKI, October 1, 1864.

Major B. H. POLK:

Scout just in from Cornersville road and reports that Forrest, with a reported force of 5,000 men, passed through Lewisburg yesterday at about 12 m., his advance guard moving in direction of Columbia. Have telegraphed Columbia to send out scouting party and see what is going on. Have ordered scouting party on Cornersville road to go on and learn everything possible. All quiet below. Officers reporting are reliable men. Have ordered the parties to continue on. Have a courierline between here and Lynnville.

JOHN C. STARKWEATHER,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

PULASKI, October 1, 1864.

Major B. H. POLK:

Another courier from my scouting party on Cornersville pike received, confirming first information, but saying in addition that he, Forrest, had not artillery with him; thinks he has adivded his force. Courier just in from scouting party Fayetteville pike reports Forrest moving westward, which confirms Cornersville report so far. I send above for what it is worth. Small parties on road above me. Have sent out to drive them away. Report received from Athens that our forces are again in possession of that place. Report as to Forrest is from lieutenant in command of party. I send this as it is received.

JOHN C. STARKWEATHER,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

PULASKI, October 1, 1864.

Major POLK,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Scouting party on Fayetteville road just returned. Struck the enemy's pickets five miles this side of Fayetteville. Lost one horse killed only. Thinks Forrest's entire forces at said place. This news seems to confirm las dispatch that enemy had divided his forces, as entire force being at Fayetteville is a supposition of courier.

JOHN C. STARKWEATHER,

Brigadier-General.

WINCHESTER, TENN., October 1, 1864-9 p. m.

(Via Decherd.)

Major-General THOMAS,

Chattanooga:

Forrest was at Mulberry Village Wednesday night. The next morning he moved to Lynchburg. At 5 p. m. the same day Buford, with