Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Escort Service

After last night's false alarm, Buell is still concerned about the defense of Pulaski, and well he should be.  Like most important points on the Tennessee railroads, it will prove to be a challenge for the next three years. Today's orders provide for General Fry to move up in support of Col. E.M.  McCook, who remains directing trains through Reynolds' Station, and then provide escort for supplies being sent to Athens, Alabama.  The army below Pulaski is generally operating on half rations due to the constant interruptions of the supply lines.

Ref.: http://ehistory.osu.edu/osu/sources/recordView.cfm?Content=023/0210

Tuscumbia, Ala., July 24, 1862.

Brigadier General S. S. FRY, Commanding Second Brigade:

GENERAL: You are directed by Major-General Thomas to cross your brigade at Florence with as little delay as possible and march direct to Pulaski by way of Lawrenceburg. As General Buell's trains are threatened by bodies of cavalry you will be vigilant and keep your troops on the alert all the time.
On your arrival at Pulaski communicate at once with the commandant at Reynolds' Station. Look to the protection of that point and convoy the wagon train from Reynolds' to Athens by an infantry force of strength determined by what may be learned of the dangers to be guarded against. You will receive further orders after you return to Athens.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

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