fall back to report—The force of rebels about 4,000 Cavalry'... I have no fears as to the result" Telegram received, ibid.
Also on Aug. 30, Ross wrote to USG. "Hearing by telegraph of the engagement with the Enemy below this place, I took the evening train and arrived here at 6 Oclock this evening. I have just had the following report of the days work, from Col. Crocker, of the 13th Iowa Vol., who was in command:—... I am proud of my command here;—the officers and men, from all accounts, acted most gallantly." ALS, ibid., RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports. The telegram of Col. Marcellus M. Crocker is in O. R., I, xvii, part 1, 45-46.
On Aug. 31, Ross telegraphed to USG. "I left Bolivar this a m at 7½ being satisfied that there is no desire on the part of the Rebels to renew the fight. Their Genl supposed to be Armstrong is reported killed—Col Hogg fell leading his men in a gallant Sabre charge & is supposed to be killed my impression is that their force have divided for the purpose of scouring the country south on the Hatchee—" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received. On Aug. 31, Rosecrans telegraphed to USG. "Mizners men captured mail 25 miles south of Russellville. Carrier, son of Col Hughes 27th Alabama, left Chattanooga 24th 5 P. M. Bragg 2½ miles north of Chattanooga. Forces 70,000, intends moving on Nashville. His advance 8 miles from Buells moves without tents only one wagon for 100 men on short rations: Hardee second in command—Beauregard not there. Report of Buells repulse in Mobile papers of Tuesday not true. Your good news of the Bolivar fight received. Granger told to see what he can do, about as much surprised at the capture as the companies themselves—Hope they will be thoroughly smashed. —give me word if they attempt to run-back this side of Corinth. Have ordered remedy at Tuscumbia." Copy, ibid., Army of the Miss., Telegrams Sent. On Sept. 7, Ross wrote to Rawlins giving a full report of the operation and others connected with the Armstrong raid. ALS, ibid., RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports. O. R., I, xvii, part 1, 44-45. On Sept. 13, USG forwarded Ross's report to hd. qrs. of the army. AES, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports.
[Aug. —Sept., 1862?]
I cannot close this report without paying particular attention to the report of Brig. Gen (now Maj. Gen. ) Nelson, commanding the 4th Division of the Army of the Ohio. Not having seen the report until within a few days attention could not be paid it before. —The report is a tissue of unsupported romance from begining to end some of which I will point out. —Gen. Nelson