War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0187 Chapter XIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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STEVENSON,

August 27, 1863-9.45 a. m.

Brigadier General J. A. GARFIELD:

I will, in conjunction with the Michigan Mechanics and Engineers, construct a trestle bridge over the Tennessee River in a very short space of time if you desire me to do so.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General.

DUNLAP, August 27, 1863-8.30 [a. m.]

Brigadier-General GARFIELD,

Chief of Staff:

I have nothing from you yesterday or this morning. Van Cleve has sent couriers to communicate with Burnside. Funkhouser met 30 of the enemy at Harrison's Landing, this side of the river, killed 3, and captured 2. They state Chattanooga Rebel of yesterday reports the fall of Charleston, and the defeat of Lee by Meade; also that the enemy are all moving toward Atlanta. Hazen also learns that Burnside's advance reached Kingston Tuesday, and after a short engagement thrashed Forrest. I send list of prisoners by mail from Tracy City; also Hazen's report in cipher as to the feasibility of crossing the Tennessee.

CRITTENDEN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION,

August 27, 1863.

Brigadier General J. A. GARFIELD,

Chief of Staff:

SIR: The following information was received from Le Roy Bullington, private, Company F, Sixteenth Tennessee,deserter: Left Chattanooga Monday, 24th instant; estimates Bragg's force at 30,000; Polk's corps alone was at Chattanooga when he left. Friday and Saturday nights the cars were running all night, moving goods and rations toward Atlanta, Ga. On Saturday night the cars were moving on the Knoxville railroad. It was surmised in camp that Hill's corps