The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 23, In Two Parts. Part 1, Reports. Page: 262
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262 KY., MID. AND E. TENN., N. ALA., AND SW. VA. [CHAP. XXXV.
to turn in two of his old pieces as soon as the two howitzers arrive (now
expected), and thus to save the old guns, as I have doubts about being
able to carry them off in case of an advance.
WILL. T. MARTIN,
Maj. D. G. REED,
Assistant Adjutant-General, McMinnville.
APRIL 18, 1863.-Skirmish at Hartsville, Tenn.
Report of Brig. Gen. Eleazer A. Paine, U. S. Army.
HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES FORCES,
Gallatin, Tenn., April 18, 1863.
GENERAL : To-day at 10 a. m. 50 head of beef-cattle and 20 mounted
men, of Stokes' cavalry, were captured by a rebel regiment of infantry
and 50 cavalry at or near Hartsville. The cattle were on their way to
General Crook's command. The rebels had wagons, and said that they
were going into Kentucky.
One of my scouts, who is a good detective, engaged two or three tons
of bacon this week for the Southern army, the bacon to be delivered at
certain points near the river. He is to pay 30 cents in Confederate
money. I shall send him back with some of that money, to make small
payments, and have the bacon delivered at certain points, where I in-
tend to seize it. The sellers are violent rebels; defy our Government,
and threaten every Union man and every man who takes the oath.
I send you copy of letter to General Crook and his reply.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
E. A. PAINE,
Brigadier- General, Commanding.
Brig. Gen. JAMES A. GARFIELD,
Chief of Staff.
[Inclosure No. 1.]
HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES FORCES,
Gallatin, Tenn., April 13, 1863.
Commanding Carthage, Tenn.:
GENERAL : I am compelled again to send an additional escort with
your mail. The last time I sent there were about 40 rebels watching
your party, but did not attack, on account of the increased guard. I
cannot spare my men. I have only 8 cavalry soldiers. The balance of
mounted men are infantry. I have only five regiments, averaging about
400 men; no artillery, except what is in the fort, and no cavalry, ex-
cept my orderlies. I have 30 miles of railroad and 60 of river and a
number of public roads to guard. My forces cannot perform one-half
of the duty as it ought to be done. Last night 70 rebels were crossed
over the river to this side by swimming their horses. Their intention
is to capture your mail. I send 60 additional guard, with orders not to
surrender under :any circumstances; but, general, I cannot send again.
You must send a larger force. General Rosecrans is extremely anxious
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