September 1, 1863.
Chief Quartermaster, Nashville:
Have you received the message in regard to building Bridgeport bridge? Make contract at once.
By order of General Rosecrans:
R. S. THOMS.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Stevenson, Ala., September 1, 1863
Colonel W. P. INNES,
The general desires you to use as much of your regiment as can be spared from more important work, on the Northwestern Railroad.
This line must at present be considered of the first importance.
BRIDGEPORT, September 1 1863-3.35 p.m.
Pontoon-bridge laid between island and south bank. Great trouble in getting equipage around the island approaches to the bridge. Wet along the island. Can be crossed by wagons. Detail of prisoners ordered to make a good road. Road will be done to-night. Pontoon-bridge has twenty-six barges.
Lieutenant of Engineers.
BRIDGEPORT, September 1, 1863-3.40 p.m.
Chief of Staff:
I have fifteen buoys to put up. Water very deep. Hope to close it to-night, but you cannot depend upon it before noon to-morrow.
K. A. HUNTON.
Statement of William Stewart, of Company C, Tennessee Light Artillery, from Mobile, September 1, 1863 (deserter).
At the time he left there were the Seventeenth Alabama and Twenty-ninth Alabama Volunteers, and three batteries, one battery four guns and the other four guns each, and probably 200 cavalry. Johnston's whole army came to this place except one division. There are nineteen forts around the city, mounting three siege guns each, 32-punders and larger, besides three light guns, 4 or 6 pounders.