HEADQUARTERS HARDEE'S CORPS, July 3, 1863-4.30- a. m.
The general directs that you move your command to this place (University) without delay.
T. B. ROY,
MONTH OF BATTLE CREEK, July 3 1863-1.30 p. m.
Commanding Army of Tennessee:
GENERAL: The pontoon bridge broke away this morning, but will be in order by 3 p. m. The road to Jasper where it crosses Battle Creek is not fordable. A pontoon bridge is being built by Captain [G. B.] Pickett, and Captain Morris will be ready by 5 or 6 p. m. road fair to Bridgeport. Bridge over Tennessee River has no railing to it, and will be dangerous to trains. All wagon trains being parked in fields near crossing.
EDWARD B. SAYERS,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF TENNESSEE, July 4, 1863.
Lieutenant-General POLK or
Let General Buckner's troops cross the river and move up to the railway. Report promptly the time they will reach it, that cars may be ready.
W. W. MACKALL,
Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS POLK'S CORPS, In the Field, July 4, 1863-9.30 a. m.
GENERAL: The lieutenant-general commanding directs that you allow all the troops to pass over the river, following the wagons, except one brigade, and, when over, let them move forward to a suitable camp ground beyond the range of the enemy's guns on this side, and there encamp, if that be practicable. They should at least be moved forward beyond the point where the mountain comes down to the river. The brigade reserved should be so posted as to protect our left flank until the passage is complete. The forward movement should extend to a point of easy access to the railroad, by which the troops are to be supplied with provisions. Orders were issued to division commissaries to proceed to Bridgeport, draw their rations, and place them at a convenient point on the railroad. Let your own brigade commissaries proceed
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