War of the Rebellion: Serial 079 Page 0491 Chapter LI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. -UNION.

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various fords and crossings, manned by a small force in each. If you think this can be done, designate the number of block-houses you think it will require, about the force required at each, and the location it would be best to select.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

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

FORT DONELSON, October 28, 1864.

Major B. H. POLK,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Three hundred rebels are threatening an attack on Pine Bluff, on Tennessee River.

E. C. BROTT,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Post.

LEXINGTON, KY., October 28, 1864.

(Received 30th.)

Major General J. M. SCHOFIELD:

General Meredith telegraphs that he expects an attack to-day or to- morrow from a large force under Forrest and Chalmers. I have ordered all the troops I can spare to go at once to his assistance, and have called upon General Hooker and General Rosecrans for such aid as they can render. If any other regiments are to be returned to Kentucky from the front, send them as soon as possible, as my force is very inadequate for the services required of it.

S. G. BURBRIDGE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DISTRICT OF Kentucky,

Lexington, Ky., October 28, 1864.

Brigadier General N. C. McLEAN,

Commanding First DIVISION:

GENERAL: The general commanding directs that you cause eight guerrillas, whom Lieutenant Vance, provost-marshal-general, has been ordered to tun over to Captain Hamilton, provost-marshal First District, to be publicly shot to death-forut in Henry County, in retaliation for the murder of two unarmed negroes by a band of outlaws, under command of a Captain Marshall, and four at Peak's Mills, Franklin County, in retaliation for the murder of Mr. R. Glenn by the same band. You will report the execution of this order.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. BATES DICKSON,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DISTRICT OF Kentucky,

Lexington, Ky., October 28, 1864.

Brigadier General N. C. McLEAN,

Commanding First DIVISION:

GENERAL: The general commanding directs that ; you cause an investigation to be made as soon as practicable of the loss sustained by the