War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0172 Chapter XIII. KY.,SW.VA.,TENN.,MISS.,N.ALA.,AND N. GA.

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HEADQUARTERS SIGNAL CORPS,

August 26, 1863-8.40 p. m.

Colonel GODDARD,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

One of our men reports having seen a rocket about five minutes since, evidently sent up from bluffs on the opposite side of the river in a direction about 15 degrees east of south this point. Thinks the color was red, but is not altogether certain. I have watchers posted, who will reports promptly any observations in future.

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

W. E. SHERIDAN,

Captain and Acting Signal Officer.

BLACK MOUNTAIN SIGNAL STATION,

August 26, 1863-9 p. m.

Captain C. R. CASE,

Commanding Signal Corps:

Fires on the mountain top relit same as last night. White rocket seen at 8.50 to-night; came in sight from behind woods due south, passed through an arc of 10 degrees from east to west, distance unknown. Another was seen fifteen minutes later near the fires reported above.

HOMER C. JONES,

Captain and Acting Signal Officer.

Colonel GEORGE E. FLYNT,

Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff:

The light or fire alluded to was seen on the mountain, south 55 degrees east, about 9 miles distant.

WM. A. SEITER,

Captain, Comdg. Signal Detachment, Fourteenth Army Corps.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Stevenson, Ala., August 26, 1863.

GENERAL: The general commanding directs that corps commanders see that the troops of their command keep constantly on hand a full supply of camp tools, viz, axes, hatchets, picks, spades, &c. Brigade commanders will be held responsible that an adequate supply is always kept on hand.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. GODDARD,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Copy to Major-Generals Thomas, McCook, Crittenden, and Stanley.)

HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Camp at Bolivar Springs, August 26, 11863.

Brigadier General J. A. GARFIELD,

Chief of Staff:

I have the honor to state that no change has been made in the disposition of my troops since last report. The firing this morning was