War of the Rebellion: Serial 050 Page 0157 Chapter XLII. THE CHICKAMAUGA CAMPAIGN.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Chattanooga, September 21, 1863.

Colonel J. T. WILDER,

Commanding Mounted Brigade:

COLONEL: Your dispatch of 7 p.m. just received. If you find that the report of Pegram's crossing is correct, you must arrange to protect our wagon train on the north side of the river, leaving a regiment to watch and with the rest of your available force pursue Pegram's force.

By order of Major-General Rosecrans:

C. GODDARD,

Lieutenant-Colonel, and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Chattanooga, September 21, 1863-8.15 p.m.

Brigadier-General MITCHELL,

Commanding Cavalry:

General Spears has been sent forward to Rock Creek Ford to support you in case you should be pressed. The general commanding directs you to assume temporary command of Spears' and Post's brigades, and use them as support. Cover the right of General McCook, and, if compelled to fall back, do so slowly, contesting the ground inch by inch. In falling back, post Spears at the forks of the road near the point of Lookout Mountain. Report frequently.

J. A. GARFIELD,

Brigadier-General, Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Chattanooga, September 21, 1863-8.35 p.m.

Brigadier-General MITCHELL,

Commanding Cavalry:

The general commanding directs you to send General Spear's command back to the forks of the road at the point of the mountain, and order him to send one regiment immediately to Summertown, on the top of Lookout Mountain, and throw up log breastworks, so as to defend themselves. We have a small cavalry force in front of the position indicated. The bearer of this dispatch will conduct the regiment to Summertown.

Send Post's brigade back immediately to hold the forks of the road 1 mile this side of Blowing Spring.

The movements of your cavalry will be as directed in my dispatch of 8.15 p.m.

J. A. GARFIELD,

Brigadier-General, Chief of Staff.

CHATTANOOGA, September 21, 1863-8.40 p.m.

Major-General THOMAS,

Commanding Fourteenth Army Corps:

There will be an officer to direct the heads of columns to their proper places. Water can be had in some of the places, but at others a detail must be made to furnish it. The troops will not encamp on