War of the Rebellion: Serial 050 Page 0152 KY.,SW.VA.,TENN.,MISS.,N.ALA.,AND N.GA. Chapter XLII.

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HDQRS. FIRST BRIGADE, SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION,

September 21,[1863]-12.50 p.m.

[Major-General THOMAS:]

I have fallen back to the ridge directly in front of your line of battle.

ROBT. H. G. MINTY,

Colonel.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Rossville, September 21, 1863-1.25 p.m.

Major-General ROSECRANS,

Comdg. Department of the Cumberland:

Your dispatch just received. Colonel Minty reports the enemy advancing on both our flanks in strong force. I am making the best possible dispositions of the troops to meet them. Skirmishing quite brisk.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Chattanooga, September 21, 1863.

Major-General THOMAS,

Rossville:

The general commanding directs me to inform you that Sherman and McPherson are ordered to this department. Three cheers! He says, "Tell the boys."

R. S. THOMS,

Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Chattanooga, September 21, 1863-1 p.m.

Major-General THOMAS,

Comdg. Fourteenth Army Corps, Rossville:

General Mitchell has reconnoitered up Dry Valley road to near Rock Creek, and reports that so far he has found nothing.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Chattanooga, Tenn., September 21, 1863.

Brig. General H. P. VAN CLEVE:

The general commanding directs you to place your division for the present to the right and rear of the works on the Knoxville Railroad, throwing forward a regiment to the bridge over the Chickamauga, one at the gap in Missionary Ridge on the Ooltewah or Shallow Ford road, and one at the gap on the Missionary Mills or Chickamauga Station road. General Wagner's cavalry is scouting in front of these positions.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. GODDARD,

Lieutenant-Colonel, and Assistant Adjutant-General.