War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0059 Chapter XLII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,

Winchester, August 17, 1863.

Colonel H. C. HEG,

Commanding Third Brigade:

COLONEL: The division will move to-day right in front at 2 p. m., with the batteries immediately in rear of the troops, on the road leading to Cowan. Brigade commanders must be particularly careful that no unauthorized baggage is carried in the wagons in order that the train may be able to ascent the mountains, and to effect this the wagons should not be loaded to exceed, 1,000 pounds in weight. The whole train of the division will, under direction of division order, be formed and in readiness to move in rear of the batteries.

By command of Brigadier General Jef. C. Davis:

T. W. MORRISON,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

STEVENSON, August 17, 1863-7.45 p.m.

Brigadier General J. A. GARFIELD:

The following dispatch is just received from General Lytle, at Bridgeport:

Major General P. H. SHERIDAN:

Holmes, the man at Island Creek Ferry, called over a soldier from rebel picket to-day and conversed with him. Two of my officers, hid in the thick canebrake within a few feet, heard conversation. Rebel soldier said they were determined to hold Chattanooga; that re-enforcements had come to Chattanooga from Johnston's army and Atlanta; that part of Johnston's army had gone to Mobile; that 500 men from Chattanooga had re-enforced Patton Anderson this morning. I have about 150 men watching ferry to-night, hoping to catch Gunther.

W. H. LYTLE,

Brigadier-General.

P. H. SHERIDAN.

LARKINSVILLE, August 17, 1863.

General P. H. SHERIDAN,

Stevenson:

Will the train go through to Flint River to-night? Would like to have it, if possible.

EDWARD M. McCOOK,

Colonel, Commanding First Cavalry Division.

LARKINSVILLE, ALA., August 17, 1863.

General P. H. SHERIDAN,

Stevenson, Ala.:

Deserter from First Louisiana Regiment arrived to-night; states that he saw Cheatham's division cross at Chattanooga on the 7th day of August, and that Cheatham's division was in Sequatchie Valley last Thursday, when he left. I will send the man up to-morrow. Is this news?

EDWARD M. McCOOK,

Colonel, Commanding.