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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Crawfish Spring, September 19, 1863-8.10 a.m.

[Received 8.50 a.m.]

Major-General CRITTENDEN, Comdg. Twenty-first Army Corps:

Your dispatch of 7.40 a.m. is received. Colonel Dan. McCook's brigade was at Reed's Bridge early this morning and captured a few prisoners from the rear of a retreating column. The general commanding is anxious to know what are the developments on the left. We hear artillery at Gordon's Mills and a few dropping shots on Negley's front.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. A. GARFIELD,

Brigadier-General, Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Widow Glenn's House, September 19, 1863-11.20 p.m.

[Received September 20,12.15 a.m.]

[General CRITTENDEN:]

GENERAL; The general commanding directs me to inform you that General McCook has been ordered to hold this gap to-morrow, covering the Dry Valley road, his right resting near this place; his left connecting with General Thomas' right. The generals places your corps in reserve to-morrow and directs you to post it on the eastern slope of Missionary Ridge to support McCook or Thomas. Leave the grand guards from your command out with instructions to hold their ground until driven in, and then to retire slowly contesting the ground stubbornly.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. A. GARFIELD,

Brigadier-General, Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, September 19, 1863-1.45 p.m. [Received 2 p.m.]

General CRITTENDEN:

Colonel Starling was here just now. I have ordered McCook to relieve you. You will proceed at once to take command of your corps. Make your dispositions as best you can; cheer them up; see that their ammunition is right. Sheridan will come in if necessary on your right, leaving a nominal force to cover our rear. Take care of your right.

By order General Rosecrans:

C. GODDARD,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Widow Glenn's, September 19, 1863-3.45 p.m.

(Received 4.35 p.m.)

Major-General CRITTENDEN, Comdg. Twenty-first Army Corps:

General Davis is being heavily pressed, or was when the messenger left. Assist him, if you can, by a movement of some of your command.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. A. GARFIELD,

Brigadier-General, Chief of Staff.