To George H. Thomas 
Major General Thomas War Department,
Nashville, Tenn. Washington, D.C., Oct. 23. 1864.
I received information to-day, having great appearance of authenticity, that there is to be rebel raid into Western Kentucky---that it is to consist of four thousand Infantry, and three thousand Cavalry, and is to start from Corinth, Mississippi on the fourth day of November. A. LINCOLN
Send copy to Gen. Washburne  at Memphis. A.L.
 ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 210. General Thomas telegraphed Halleck at 9:30 P.M.: ``The dispatch of the President of to-day, concerning the threatened raid into Western Kentucky, has been received. I will gain all the information I can about the rumor, and prepare to prevent its being carried into execution. . . .'' (OR, I, XXXIX, III, 408).
 Cadwallader C. Washburn was in command of the District of West Tennessee, Department of the Tennessee.