SEPTEMBER 25, 1 862.-.--Skirmish near Snow’s Pond, Ky.
Report of Brig. Gen. Quincy A. Gillmore, U. S. Army.
HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES FORCES
Snow’s Pond, Lexington Pike, Ky., September 25, 18~2.
Sir: Your two letters of to-day are received.
I have to report an attack on my lines this morning at 11 o’clock by over 500 rebel cavalry, with one field piece. They made a sudden dash
on the pickets from the direction of California, capturing several small
posts. Fifty men are missing, but I am in hopes that some of them
will make their appearance. They disappeared (as suddenly as they
came up) toward Crittenden. I learned their number from parties who
met them on the Crittenden road. It is doubtless the identical party
that I have heard of before, numbering 508.
I am gratified that more cavalry are coming, and I wish they were
here now. It is next to impossible to resist these sudden dashes with
infantry, and my pickets will be in constant danger of being driven in
unless I have enough mounted force to scour the country for miles
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Q. A. GILLMORE,
Brig. Gen. A. ~. SMITH, Brigadier-General, Commanding.
Commanding U. S. Forces near Covington, Ky.