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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF TENNESSEE,

In the Field, near Red House Ford, September 22, 1863.

[Lieutenant-General POLK:]

GENERAL: In reply to your communication of 12 p. m., I have the honor to state that the road referred to is the road from Chickamauga Station to Chattanooga.

I am, general, respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEORGE WM. BRENT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS RIGHT WING, ARMY OF TENNESSEE,

Near Mission Mills, September 22, 1863-6 a. m.

Lieutenant Colonel GEORGE WILLIAM BRENT:

COLONEL: Under the construction of your order to move a division to the front this morning upon the Chickamauga and Chattanooga road, I have ordered General Cheatham, who commands my extreme right, to put himself in motion upon that road. It crosses the Chickamauga Creek at the Shallow Ford. He had instructions to press forward until he finds the enemy, with his sharpshooters well advanced to the frond. General Anderson's division is upon the Mission Mills and Chattanooga road, and Walker is to his left, covering another parallel road with a good gap, and Hill, should it be necessary, could cross at a gap between the gap on Walker's road and Rossville.

Respectfully, colonel, your obedient servant,

L. POLK,

Lieutenant-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF TENNESSEE,

Red House Ford, September 22, 1863.

Lieutenant-General POLK,

Commanding Right Wing:

GENERAL: The general commanding desires that you will make as early as practicable a report explanatory of your failure to attack the enemy at daylight on Sunday last in obedience to orders.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEORGE WM. BRENT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF TENNESSEE,

Top of Missionary Ridge, September 25, 1863.

[Lieutenant-General POLK:]

GENERAL: The general commanding instructs me to call your attention to the fact that a communication addressed to you several days [since] from these headquarters, calling for an explanation of your failure to attack the enemy at daylight on the morning of the 20th instant, has been unanswered. He desires that you will report without delay what caused or impeded the execution of your orders.*

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEORGE WM. BRENT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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*See p. 47.

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