Halleck urges Buell to move fast, a somewhat forlorn hope. Buell is already late.
By command of Major-General Halleck:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
Washington, September 20, 1862.
Major-General BUELL, Kentucky:
Your telegram of the 14th is just received. Unquestionably the condition of affairs has so changed since that time as to render any instructions based on your then representations entirely inapplicable. After Bragg had turned your left your movement into Kentucky was probably the best thing you could do; but I fear that here as elsewhere you move too slowly, and will permit the junction of Bragg and Smith before you open your line to Louisville. The immobility of your army is movement of Price into Tennessee.
H. W. HALLECK,