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g, Thursday, some skirmishing occurred with the enemy's rear-guard. The main body has fallen back in the direction of Harrodsburgh. I have no accurate report of our loss yet. It is probably pretty heavy, including several valuable officers. Generato take the lead. Gen. Rousseau was ordered to march with great caution in view of the known presence of the enemy at Harrodsburgh, and also of your letter informing me that the enemy would resist your advance into Perryville, and that you intended ck them that day. Hearing reports of artillery in the morning, our march was hastened. Maxville is equidistant from Harrodsburgh and Perryville — the distance being ten miles. My instructions required me to advance on the Perryville road until I r from the battle-field, thence to Harrods-burgh. The battle-field was a chosen one of the enemy. They marched from Harrodsburgh to give our army battle, at or near Perryville. The ground upon which the battle was fought was very much broken by h
command, was obliged to halt and check him at that point. Having arrived at Harrodsburgh from Frankfort, I determined to give him battle there, and accordingly conce reenforced during the night, I .withdrew my force early the next morning to Harrodsburgh, and thence to this point. Major-Gen. Smith arrived at Harrodsburgh with moHarrodsburgh with most of his force and Withers's division the next day, tenth, and yesterday I withdrew the whole to this point, the enemy following slowly but not pressing us. I am, si division, composed of Donelson's, Stuart's and Maney's brigades) moved from Harrodsburgh to Perryville, where they rested on their arms in line of battle till daylig a reenforced army of the enemy, Gen. Bragg or Polk ordered our army back to Harrodsburgh. We captured all the artillery of the enemy except one battery, and unknof the Third Tennessee regiment. His statements confirm the news published. Harrodsburgh, Ky., Oct. 10--7 P. M. On the eighth instant Gen. Bragg's forces met the
t was a necessary result of the time, the place, and the circumstances, that the fighting on both sides should be somewhat promiscuous, and a good deal of it from under cover of trees, fences, etc. Soon after the engagement was commenced, a body of men were heard advancing upon the rear of our forces. This was generally believed to be a party of rebels, endeavoring to surround us, and our guards withdrew to a safer position. The advancing body proved to be some fifty home guards from Harrodsburgh, who had gallantly pushed forward to take part in the fray. They soon engaged the enemy, but finding themselves outnumbered greatly, were compelled gradually to retire. It was impossible, in the darkness, to effect a junction of the Union forces, and therefore all was not accomplished that might have been obtained under more favorable circumstances. Still the skirmish was a decided success. The results foot up as follows: On the side of the rebels, killed, three; wounded, twelve, of