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[212] and after 8 A. M., and my despatch to Wilson of 8:15 A. M., fix the time of the receipt by me of this despatch from General Thomas at a few minutes after 8 A. M., November 29.

The other despatch was as follows:

(U. S. Military Telegraph.)

Franklin, Tenn., November 28, 1864.

(By telegraph from Nashville. 9:30 P. M.) To Major-General Schofield:
Your despatch of 3:30 [2:30] P. M. just received. If Wilson cannot succeed in driving back the enemy, should it prove true that he has crossed the river, you will necessarily have to make preparation to take up a new position at Franklin, behind Harpeth, [while] immediately, if it become necessary to fall back. (Signed) Geo. H. Thomas, Major-General, Commanding.

The records of the Department of the Cumberland merely state that this despatch was sent in ‘cipher.’ The appendix to my report gives the hour ‘9:30 P. M.’ The appendix to General Thomas's report fixes it at ‘10:30 P. M.’ The despatch from General Thomas to General Halleck of 10 P. M., November 28, forwarding my despatch of ‘8:45 A. M.,’ indicates that at 10 P. M. Thomas had not received my report of ‘2:30 P. M.’ Hence ‘10:30 P. M.,’ as given by General Thomas, must be the correct hour of the above despatch. It was answered by me, together with the preceding telegram, at 8:30 A. M., November 29; and was probably received by me at the same time as the previous despatch,—very soon after 8 A. M.,—as indicated by my despatch to Wilson of 8:15 A. M.

I thus learned, a short time after eight o'clock on the morning of the 29th, that A. J. Smith had not yet arrived at Nashville, and that the position behind the Harpeth River at Franklin was that to which I must retire when compelled to fall back.

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