War of the Rebellion: Serial 079 Page 0458 KY., SW., VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter LI.

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PADUCAH, October 26, 1864.

(Received 27th.)

Captain J. BATES. DICKSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.:

CAPTAIN: Received a dispatch from General Sherman that the enemy is moving upon this district-Forrest's command. I have also received reliable information through my scouts that the enemy under General Chalmers is also moving on this point. I shall expect to be attacked to-morrow or the following day. I think that there is a large force approaching. is it possible to assist me! You can depend upon this place being defended to the last. Answer.

S. MEREDITH,

Brigadier-General.

LEXINGTON, KY., October 26, 1864.

Brigadier-General MEREDITH:

I send you this week a full battalion of cavalry. Will hold in readiness to re-enforce you in case of an attack.

S. G. BURBRIDGE,

Brevet Major-General, Commanding.

PADUCAH, October 26, 1864-2. 45 p. m.

(Received 3 p. m.)

Colonel SPRAGUE,

Commanding Brigade:

COLONEL: Can you send a wing of your regiment to Columbus by first boat! The enemy under Beaufort are at Clinton, ten miles from Columbus. Answer.

S. MEREDITH,

Brigadier-General.

[Indorsement.]

OCTOBER 26, 1864.

I sent half my regiment north yesterday, and cannot well spare a man.

E. T. SPRAGUE,

Colonel, Commanding post.

PADUCAH, KY., October 26, 1864.

[Colonel J. N. McARTHUR,

Commanding, Columbus:]

COLONEL: Have you any further information of the enemy's approach! If there are any bankers or exchange brokers at your post have them move their money on boat. press the first boat and have all goods in Columbus that would be of any service to the enemy packed and removed to-night. Have all Government stores also placed on board of a boat. Be on the alert and keep me posted. Will send you re-enforcement if required. Answer.

S. MEREDITH,

Brigadier-General.