will hold out till he can re-enforce you. He was directed to connect with you ten days ago, and the order has been repeated several times since. I can get no reply from Hurlbut or Sherman.
H. W. HALLECK,
HEADQUARTERS CHIEF OF CAVALRY, DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Rock Creek Ford, Ga., September 21, 1863-3.30 p.m.
Brig. General JAMES A. GARFIELD,
Chief of Staff:
Everything quiet in front except occasional skirmishing. Colonel Campbell just reports a column moving up apparently between him
and General Thomas; thinks it is cavalry. I have sent him an additional company. As I said in my previous communication, I have no knowledge of the whereabouts of Colonel Watkins' brigade, nor have I had since I ordered it up from Valley Head. There have been two companies with orders, besides one courier sent to him. I will send another company over the mountain to try and find him.
I am, very respectfully, you obedient servant,
ROBT. B. MITCHELL,
Brigadier-General, and Chief of Cavalry.
ROSSVILLE, September 21, 1863-3.35 p.m.
Fight appearing briskly on the left. General Thomas informs me that the enemy are advancing very strong on both flanks.
ARTHUR C. DUCAT,
Lieutenant-Colonel, and Inspector-General.
CHATTANOOGA, September 21, 1863.
Make your preparations to retire to the front of this place to-night. Orders have been sent you by courier, and a brief of them will soon be sent by telegraph.
J. A. GARFIELD,
Brigadier-General, and Chief of Staff.
ROSSVILLE, September 21, 1863-4.45 p.m.
The firing has ceased in the gap. Very little musketry to-day. Do not know what is coming, but from the heavy clouds of dust on the ridge in front I think they are getting in position in force in front this afternoon. I notice a heavy cloud of dust over Mission Ridge to the left. Should the enemy go on the ridge in front with artillery, the position in this valley will be a very open one.
ARTHUR C. DUCAT,