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Doc. 80.-affairs at Trenton and Humboldt, Tennessee. Colonel Jacob Fry's report. Benton barracks, Mo., January 17, 1863. Captain Harris, Assistant Adjutant-General: I herewith transmit a report of the raid of General Forrest, of the rebel army, on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, and the attack upon Trenton and Humboldt, on the twentieth of December, 1862. Some eight days previous to the attack I received a telegraphic despatch from Major-General Grant, giving information from Major-Gen. Rosecrans, that Forrest was moving with his force toward the Tennessee River, and ordering me to be on the look-out. I immediately despatched a detachment of the Second West-Tennessee cavalry to look after the enemy, and to watch his movements. I also prepared this place for defence, by throwing up earthworks and digging rifle-pits, on an elevation completely commanding the depot and other public property. These were completed on the seventeenth, in a most secure manner, of sufficien
trouble, ordered out five hundred men to reenforce Trenton, to go by the way of Humboldt. It was not until foarrived of the destruction of the trestle-work near Trenton, on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. Men as scouts weproperty. At midnight a despatch was received from Trenton, while in camp, that Forrest was east of that placenty-sixth Illinois at Humboldt, he moved forward to Trenton, where he arrived at noon on the twenty-sixth, and re had been no opposition to Gen. Haynie's march to Trenton; but upon sending out scouts for the purpose, he foraphic communication at this time between Haynie at Trenton and Sullivan, yet at Jackson; and to the fact that na, and a Wisconsin battery. Upon their arrival in Trenton, these regiments were brigaded as follows: Firstmanded the troops enumerated as accompanying him to Trenton, not included in the above, and in the advance occuom a point on the Dresden road, at Hico, arcoss the Trenton road, a little to the eastward of McLemoresville, a