Friday, August 31, 2012

Defeat at Richmond, Kentucky

Nelson's division, which formerly included the Seventeenth Kentucky, is now serving in H.G.Wright's New Department of the Ohio.  While going to the aid of General Cruft, who had led the Seventeenth through the Battle of Fort Donelson,  Nelson suffered a major defeat near Richmond, Kentucky.  As this division included some of the most experienced troops in the new department, Wright is rightfully concerned and sends this telegram to his commander.


Cincinnati, Ohio, August 31, 1862.

Major General H. W. HALLECK, Washington, D. C.:

Nelson has been badly beaten, I fear, in an encounter with the enemy near Richmond, Ky.; his force being, as he says, hopelessly broken and scattered. He is in Lexington, Ky., wounded, and I leave for that place in a couple of hours to see what can be done. He gives me no particulars. My orders were to make the Kentucky river the line of defense, and his orders in pursuance seem to have been disregarded. At any rate his force has been routed.

Major-General, Commanding.

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