War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0236 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., N. ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter XLII.

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HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,

Stevenson, August 30, 1863.

Colonel B. LAIBOLDT,

Commanding Second Brigade:

COLONEL: General Sheridan directs that you have your command in readiness to move to-morrow.

I am, colonel, your obedient servant,

GEORGE LEE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Stevenson, Ala., August 30, 1863.

Major General T. L. CRITTENDEN:

Order has gone in cipher for you to move down secretly and quietly, leaving from as at present, with special instructions.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Stevenson, Ala., August 30, 1863-10 p.m.

Major-General CRITTENDEN,

Comdg. Twenty-first Army Corps, Dunlap, Tenn.:

GENERAL: The general commanding directs you to move your entire command (except the brigades of Hazen and Wagner) as soon as practicable down the Sequatchie Valley. Supply yourself with everything necessary for an active campaign. Your trains can cross the Tennessee at Bridgeport, and your troops at Bridgeport, Shellmound, or Battle Creek. Reynolds is now crossing at the latter place. McCook's corps is crossing at Bridgeport and below. Leave Generals Hazen and Wagner where they now are, with orders to watch carefully the crossings of the river and show a threatening from to the enemy in that direction. Wilder's and Minty's brigades will remain there to co-operate with them. The present indications are that Bragg will fall back from Chattanooga, and if we bring him to battle at all it will be between Dalton and Atlanta. Should he thus fall back, direct Wagner and Hazen to cross the river and occupy Chattanooga, and close down upon our left. It is very important to seize the enemy's pontoons at Chattanooga, if possible. Keep open communication below your whole line and with these headquarters.

J. A. GARFIELD,

Brigadier-General, Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. FIRST BRIGADE, SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION,

Smith's Cross-Roads, Tennessee Valley, August 30, 1863.

Lieutenant Colonel LYNE STARLING,

Asst. Adjt. General, Twenty-first Army Corps:

SIR: My topographical engineer is now in Pennsylvania on leave of absence. I therefore cannot give General Crittenden the sketch he asks for.

Dowdy's (or Doughty's) Ferry is about 2 miles below. Blythe's.