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between them; did you know the strength or efficiency of General Dumont's forces?

I did not know his strength or efficiency.

Question. Was the force with which I marched from Bowling Green sufficient to meet the rebels after the junction of Bragg and Smith?

I should have supposed that you would have sufficient assistance from the direction of Louisville in the event of the junction of the rebel army.

Question. Did you know of any such assistance?

I know there had been a very large force in Louisville of Ohio and Indiana troops.

Question. Did you know the position of the enemy's forces?

I did not.

Question. Did you know their strength?

I did not.

Question. Did you know their movements?

I did not.

The commission adjourned to meet December 5, 10 a.m.

LOUISVILLE, December 5, 1862-10 a.m.

Commission met pursuant to adjournment. All the members present; also the judge-advocate and General Buell.

J. T. PRATT, being duly sworn, testified as follows:


Question. State your name and occupation.

J. T. Pratt is my name. I am school teacher by profession, in La Grange, Tenn.

Question. Have you been in the service of the United States; if so, when, where, &c.?

I came to Nashville and reported to General Schoepf; he gave me an introduction to General Thomas, also an introduction to General Fry, who had two sisters residing at La Grange. I had left General Bragg's army in the Sequatchie Valley. I made the following report to General Schoepf and General Buell, that I estimated the force of Bragg's army to be from 22,000 to 25,000 men. I drew my statement from this, that they had moved in the warmest of the weather from Tupelo, Miss., and had left many sick there. I would also state that after having laid there inactive some time they left a number of sick at Chattanooga. I said I had counted several regiments and taken an average from these. In stating now the average I must rely wholly upon my memory. I averaged them at between 200 and 300. I stated there were three and sometimes four regiments to a brigade. In my first statement I said there were three brigades to a division and six divisions in the army. I then stated the respective commanders. There were two corps, or wings, commanded respectively by Generals Polk and Hardee. That I think is the extent of my report to him.

Question. State, if you know, what course the rebels would take in invading Kentucky.

General Buell asked me if I thought they were directing their course to Nashville I stated I thought they were not.

Question. What opportunity had you of knowing their strength?

By observation and inquiry.

Question. Were you inside the enemy's lines?

I was.

Question. Were was General Buell when you made this report?

At Nashville, in a house on High street.

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