Official Records (CS) Roddey to Polk regarding citizens report of Federal troop position near Caney Spring and Raleigh Hill

CHAPEL HILL, March 10, 1863.
General POLK,  Shelbyville, Tenn.:

GENERAL: There are at this hour (11 o’clock) several citizens and some soldiers who have come in from the vicinity of Caney Spring and Raleigh Hill, giving the information that the enemy camped last night in strong force at the latter place. (Colonel Battle and Major Winn amongst the citizens, one of Van Dorn’s soldiers and one of mine that was with him in his last fight amongst the soldiers.) All report the enemy pressing Van Dorn very hard, and advancing on this place from the north and west of us. The force at Raleigh Hill supposed to be going to Lewisburg. I am instructed by General Van Dorn to hold my position as long as possible, and shall do so to the best of my ability.

Very respectfully,
P. D. RODDEY,
Colonel, Commanding.

O.R.– SERIES I–VOLUME XXIII/2 [S# 35]
Correspondence, Orders, And Returns Relating To Operations In Kentucky, Middle And East Tennessee, North Alabama, And Southwest Virginia, From January 21 To August 10, 1863.
CONFEDERATE CORRESPONDENCE. ETC.–#3
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