War of the Rebellion: Serial 050 Page 0109 Chapter XLII. THE CHICKAMAUGA CAMPAIGN.

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HIGH POINT, September 18, 1863-10.30 a.m.

Captain MERRILL:

Three regiments of infantry passing due northeast by degrees south from here. Eight wagons to the rear of each regiment; 12 miles off.

BRENT.

Presumed to be a reconnaissance on La Fayette road toward Gordon's Mills.

J. S. FEE.

Since the above the supposition is corroborated by reports from Gordon's Mills.

J. S. FEE.

HDQRS. FIRST BRIGADE, SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION,

September 18, 1863-11 a.m.

Brigadier-General WOOD,

Commanding, Gordon's Mills:

SIR: The enemy has driven in my scout from toward Ringgold and are following up apparently in force. Cavalry and infantry are reported. I am now skirmishing heavily. I have had 1 man killed and several wounded. Please report by signal to Generals Rosecrans and Crittenden.

Respectfully,

ROBT. H. G. MINTY,

Colonel, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Crawfish Spring, September 18, 1863-11 a.m.

Brig. General R. B. MITCHELL:

The Fourteenth and Twentieth Army Corps have been ordered farther down the Chickamauga to close up on General Crittenden. The general commanding directs you to make immediate arrangements to hold Stevens' Gap and watch any movements of the enemy in the direction of the gaps of Pigeon Mountain. Keep communication with General McCook and cover his right flank. Report frequently.

Very respectfully, you obedient servant,

J. A. GARFIELD,

Brigadier-General, and Chief of Staff.

HIGH POINT, September 18, 1863-11.30 a.m.

Captain MERRILL:

See heavy dust 70 degrees east of north.

MEEKER.

This bearing is toward Reed's and Alexander's Brigades, the vicinity of Steedman's and Minty's commands.

J. S. FEE.