I agree with you that not an hour should be lost in attacking the force in your front. do urge its importance upon the general. The news from Catlett's Gap induced me to halt one division here, the other is on your road. I presume you are authorized to act in any emergency here. Send your suggestions, therefore, in the form of orders, and I will cheerfully obey them.
S. B. BUCKNER,
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS,
8 1/2 Miles from La Fayette, September 13, 1863.
Lieutenant General D. H. HILL,
Commanding Hill's Corps:
GENERAL: I am moving back with all my cavalry excepting two regiments. The enemy's cavalry which we skirmished with this morning have retreated across the river.
Respectfully, general, your obedient servant,
HEADQUARTERS, 12 MILES FROM LA FAYETTE,
Alabama Road, September 13, 1863-8.30 a.m.
GENERAL: My scout from Ringgold has returned. No enemy there, and I believe no enemy in this valley. I shall move up at once with my effective force to the road leading from this road westwardly to Leet's, where I had the first skirmish yesterday.
(Same to General Armstrong.)
ABINGDON, September 13, 1863.
General R. E. LEE,
I greatly need re-enforcements. If I can get no more than the Fiftieth Virginia Regiment, please send that to me as soon as possible.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF TENNESSEE,
In the Field, near La Fayette, Ga.,
September 14, 1863.
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II. Colonel J. P. Jones, of the staff of the commanding general, is hereby ordered to repair to Resaca. He is invested with full power to take charge of and control, in the name of the commanding