War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0111 Chapter XIII. CORRESPONDENCE,ETC.-UNION.

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STEVENSON, ALA., August 22, 1863-11 p.m.

(Received 2 p.m.,23rd.)

ADJUTANT-GENERAL U. S. ARMY:p

General Thomas reports that Colonel Wilder was opposite Chattanooga at 11 o'clock yesterday morning,attempting to destroy two steam-boats and a pontoon bridge with shells. Great commotion among rebels. Clouds of dust rising. Citizens and prisoners report Polk's corps near Hill's at Tyner's Station,and say Bragg will go to Kentucky will Kingston. Brigade at Bridgeport left last night for Chattanooga. General Reynolds has two regiments and a battery opposite Shellmound to cut off railroad communication. Our other troops in same position as last night. Pioneers in.with half on pontoon train.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Major-General.

STEVENSON, August 22, 1863.

Brig. General J. W. RIPLEY,

Washington, D. C.:

I forward by mail an interesting statement of facts showing that the exposure of our saddles to rain causes rapid wear. The return of convalescent soldiers,recruits,and conscripts,and the enlistments in the Tennesse regiments,will make it necessary to have 2,000 more horse equipments as soon as they can be sent,and these to be followed by 2,000 more in a short time. An extra supply of these should always be on hand,as we lose the services of a man and horse every day a trooper is dismounted for want of a saddle. Please make provision.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Major-General.

STEVENSON, August 22, 1863.

Governor A. JOHNSON,

Nashville:

I telegraphed you a few days ago asking you to join me. When may I except you?

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Major-General.

STEVENSON, August 22, 1863.

Colonel Simmons,

Chief Commissary, Nashville:

Why is it impossible to send stores to Tracy City?It would save a long distance to Wood's division to draw supplies from that point. Answer.

C. GODDARD,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

NASHVILLE, August 22, 1863.

GENERAL ROSECRANS:

I would respectfully say the reason why pontoons have not been delivered sooner is because the cars have not been unloaded.