Washington Defenses, October 16, 1861
From: Lt. Gen. Scott
To: Maj. Gen. Cai
Copy to: Maj. Gen. Kurtz
I write to you in haste, as we face a rather unique opportunity of strategic importance.
At considerable expense, the rebels have commissioned a special train carrying staff officers and artillery towards General A. S. Johnston at Bowling Greene. Every effort that can be made without endangering other strategic initiatives, should be made to capture this train.
The latest reports indicate that it is currently passing through Christianburg, VA, an area which the rebels are reinforcing.
I therefore suggest the following movements:
1. 2nd Ohio Volunteers (Smyth County, VA) continue their retreat towards Prestonburg, KY - defending themselves while destroying track and setting ambushes for any pursuing forces.
2. 10th West Virginia Cavalry (Union, VA - Hardin County), proceed to Tazewell, VA -from which point it can assist the operation.
3. 10th Indiana Cavalry (Marietta, OH - Washington County), proceed down the Ohio River to Prestonburg, continuing on to Tazewell, VA - to be placed temporarily under the command of General Kurtz for joint action with the 10th WV Cav.
4. 2nd Ohio Cavalry (Lexington, KY) and 4th Ohio Cavalry (Covington, KY - Boone County), proceed to Mt. Pleasant, KY (Harlan County) in preparation for an attack through either Pound Gap or Cumberland Gap, as circumstances allow.
5. 9th Indiana Militia (Lexington, KY), proceed to London, KY (Laurel County), screening the movement of cavalry to the east, and preperatory to assaulting Huntsville, TN.
6. 1st Ohio Cavalry & 3rd Ohio Cavalry (Lexington, KY), proceed by rail to Lebanon, KY (Marion County) guarding an approach to Louisville and Lexington, and preparing for offensive operations from that point if the weather allows.
7. 6th Illinois Cavalry (Clarksville, TN), proceed up the Cumberland River past Nashville for an assault on Carthage, TN.
8. 4th Illinois Cavalry (Clarksville, TN), damage rail near Clarksville, then proceed past Nashville, evading enemy forces there, to Rutherford, TN, in order to damage rail around Murfreesboro and Franklin.
9. 5th Illinois Cavalry (Clarksville, TN), proceed past Nashville, evading enemy forces there, for an assault on either Winchester or Pulaski, TN.
It is not considered likely that we will be able to successfully intercept the rebel train, but these movements are also judged to support our other efforts.
Yr. Obdt. Svt.,
P.S. I am glad that you proved me wrong in regards to Clarksville.
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