It is certain his force greatly outnumbered mine. A detachment sent to Pound Gap forced its way through and drove Prentice, with a superior force, from his works at Gladeville, capturing several prisoners, a number of small-arms and 1 piece of artillery. Our loss in all is about 350; the enemy's more. Report fully by mail. On the 3rd received order from General Sherman to return.
S. G. BURBRIDGE,
LOUISVILLE, KY., October 8, 1864.
General Schofield directs me to ask you about the probable strength and movements of the force advancing on you from Jackson, with a view of sending you re-enforcements if necessary. Please answer at once.
J. A. CAMPBELL,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
PADUCAH, KY., October 8, 1864.
Major J. A. CAMPBELL,
In reply to your telegram: The force that approached our lines was under the command of Colonel Chenoweth. It has been represented to me by scouts that he is now in camp about forty miles from Mayfield, Ky., Reported number 1,000; they seem to be stationary at present. Have no knowledge of any further movements.
LEXINGTON, KY., October 8, 1864.
Will endeavor to send you a mounted force immediately upon General Brubridge's return; cannot before. Please inform General Washburn of the force at Boston, Tenn.
J. BATES DICKSON,
LEXINGTON, October 8, 1864.
First Kentucky Cavalry, Commanding Post, Mount Sterling:
COLONEL: On the receipt of this telegram you will send out in the direction of Pound Gap and Prestonburg strong scouting parties, and endeavor to learn something of the expedition which went out some time ago; and also if there is any enemy in the vicinity. Instruct the officer in charge to scout the country well but cautiously.
By command of Colonel James Keigwin:
J. W. THOMPSON,
Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.