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have done us. We are all down here convenient to the starting point, which will hereafter be precisely settled upon. It's just light. I am off. A dispatch to me by way of Pulaski will be received. Generals Steedman and Johnson heartily approve the above proposition.

L. H. ROUSSEAU,

Respectfully,

JOHN C. STARKWEATHER,

Brigadier - General.

HEADUQARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Nashville, Tenn., October 7, 1864 - 10 p. m.

Major - General ROUSSEAU,

Blue Water, on Military Road, Eighteen miles north of Florence, via Pulaski:

If you are sufficiently near to Forrest to lead you to hope you can capture him by crossing the river, you can do so and pursue him, but you must not venture too far from the river or so as to endanger your command.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major - General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding.

PULASKI, October 7, 1864 - 9. 50 p. m.

Major - General THOMAS,

Commanding:

Just received the following dispatch:

ATHENS, October 7, 1864.

Officers just in from Florence say that Forrest and Buford are across the Tennessee River, all but 500 men.

A. B. WADE,

Lieutenant - Colonel Seventy-THIRD Indiana, Commanding.

One hundred and twenty-fifth Illinois, of General Morgan's command, still at Athens. No further news from Generals Rousseau, Croxton, or Morgan. Courier sent to General Morgan last night not yet returned.

JOHN C. STARKWEATHER,

Brigadier - General.

PULASKI, October 7, 1864 - 10. 45 a. m.

Major POLK,

Assistant Adjutant - General:

General Morgan was at Shoal Creek yesterday when couriers left, and slight skirmishing was going on. No news from General Rousseau or Croxton since my disptaches of yestreday. Couriers sent yesterday to them with dispatches not yet returned. My scout of 100 men on Lamb's Ferry road returned last night. Captured 5 prisoners, who report Forrest making south for Florence from Lawrenceburg. Will keep you posted.

JOHN C. STARKWEATHER,

Brigadier - General,