War of the Rebellion: Serial 109 Page 0342 SW. VA., KY., TENN., MISS., ALA., W. FLA., & N. GA. Chapter LXIV.

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HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,

March 20, 1863.

Brigadier-General SHERIDAN:

GENERAL: In accordance with instructions received from department headquarters, General McCook directs that you place one brigade of your command on the Shelbyville pike at an early hour to-morrow morning. This change is necessary owing to the withdrawal of General Davis' forces from that neighborhood. The general desires you to select such a location for your brigade as will enable it to protect the road from incursions of the enemy and support, if necessary, the corps picket-line on that front.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. P. THRUSTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.

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INDIANAPOLIS, March 20, 1863-4.40 p. m.

Brigadier General L. THOMAS,

Adjutant-General, Washington, D. C.:

Expedition to Rush County successful. Deserters arrested without bloodshed. Ringleaders will be turned over to U. S. Court. The effect will be good.

HENRY B. CARRINGTON,

Colonel Eighteenth U. S. Infantry.

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HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,

March 20, 1863.

Brigadier-General GARFIELD,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: General Davis has two brigades at Salem. He reports a considerable force of the enemy's cavalry beyond there some miles. This morning a small detachment of cavalry fired on his pickets and they are still hovering around his lines, too fleet for infantry to manage or follow. There is a brigade of cavalry encamped just beyond Stone's River on the Salem pike, in rear of General Davis' troops, apparently doing no good. Can they not be ordered to report to General Davis for duty for a few days?

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. McD. McCOOK,

Major-General, Commanding.

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HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,

March 20, 1863.

General JOHNSON,

Commanding Second Division:

GENERAL: General McCook directs that you send a brigade of your command out on the Shelbyville pike, with one day's rations, to take position within supporting distance of the line of outposts at the Shelbyville pike bridge. The withdrawal of General Davis' troops from