War of the Rebellion: Serial 050 Page 0114 KY.,SW.VA.,TENN.,MISS.,N.ALA.,AND N.GA. Chapter XLII.

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SIGNAL STATION,

Lookout Point, Steven's Gap, September 18, 1863-2 p.m.

Captain SEITER:

Heavy and continuous firing in direction of Gordon's Mills. Large clouds of dust near there and moving north on State road.

FULLER,

Lieutenant, Acting Signal Officer.

SUMMERTOWN, September 18, 1863-2.25 p.m.

Captain MERRILL:

I see a cloud of dust moving toward our left, on a road 15 miles distant east of here.

AYERS.

HIGH POINT, September 18, 1863-2.30 p.m.

Captain MERRILL:

Fuller (at Stevens' Gap) reports large clouds of dust morning north on State road near Lee's Mill.

MEEKER.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,

Pond Spring, September 18, 1863-2.05 p.m.

Brigadier-General GARFIELD,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: During my absence an order came for me to move, and Colonel Thruston carried it in person to Davis and Sheridan. This moment a telegram came for me to hold myself in readiness to move. Which order will I obey? All is quiet on the right, and no indications of a movement. Two deserters who came in last night state that Bragg's infantry was at La Fayette night before last. Bragg driving all the beef and stock south. The demonstration yesterday was made by Wheeler's cavalry.

Respectfully,

A. McD. McCOOK,

Major-General, Commanding.

SEPTEMBER 18, 1863-2.40 p.m.

General GARFIELD:

An order came in my absence for me to close up on Thomas. This moment a telegram comes to hold myself in readiness. Shall I move or be ready to move? All quiet on my front and right. General Reynolds wishes to know where Cook's Mill is.

McCOOK,

Major-General, Commanding.