War of the Rebellion: Serial 050 Page 0199 Chapter XLII. THE CHICKAMAUGA CAMPAIGN.

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here and slept here all night, and did not look after their troops till Monday. True they were tired, but so were those who remained and fought the glorious battle of Sunday afternoon, in which Granger would seem to have been right when he pronounced the enemy defeated and urged Thomas to disregard Rosecrans' order to retire on the ground that latter was at Chattanooga ignorant of the facts.

[C. A. DANA.]

[Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.]

CHATTANOOGA, September 24-8 a.m.

Your telegrams of last night and this morning received. Have no further doubt about this place; it will hold out. Indeed, it has now been made so strong that in can only be taken by regular siege. The labors of this army for last forty-eight hours have been herculean. As soon as Hooker arrives and Sherman and Hurlbut make their appearance in Tuscumbia Valley, it will be able to resume the offensive irresistibly.

[C. A. DANA.]

[Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.]

CHATTANOOGA, September 24-11 a.m.

No attack yet. Division rebel cavalry advanced from Stevens' Gap on Lookout Mountain yesterday and compelled a regiment [Rosecrans] had left at Summertown, ont he head of mountain, to guard signal station to retire. Another rebel column on Missionary Ridge on east side Chattanooga Valley, and no doubt mass of their infantry is in that valley in front of us. [Rosecrans] will make reconnaissance in force to-day.

With our present defenses it is desirable they should attack us.

[C. A. DANA.]

[Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.]

CHATTANOOGA, September 24-12 m.

Words telegram 21st you desire repeated are:

With the electrical courage of a Ney.

My cipher clerk, myself, shall be more careful.

[C. A. DANA.]

[Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.]

CHATTANOOGA, September 24.

In my report yesterday upon causes of Sunday's disaster to our right wing I omitted to mention, under my second head, that, before the battle began, Rosecrans evidently saw that his line was too long, and then attempted to shorten it. To this end he withdrew Negley's division from the place assigned to it, between Reynolds and Brannan,