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ways, like a carpenter's saw-horse. This will make it safe against bottom wash and safe from passing trains. Will take nearly all day to complete it.

K. A. HUNTON,

Lieutenant-Colonel First Michigan Engineers.

SEPTEMBER 3, 1863-10 p.m.

Lieutenant-Colonel HUNTON,

Bridgeport:

Is the bridge all right? How much force has passed over it to-day?

J. A. GARFIELD,

Brigadier-General, Chief of Staff.

JASPER, September 3, 1863-2.15 p.m.

Brigadier-General GARFIELD,

Chief of Staff:

Palmer is at Battle Creek with one brigade, but cannot ge the ferry from Brannan before morning. Wood crossed one brigade last night at Shellmound and will cross the other to-day. Van Cleve is here; he thinks his train from McMinnville will be up to-morrow, as he has heard from it since it left. I shall lose no time whatever in crossing and shall endeavor to take up position on other side, as per order, on time.

T. L. CRITTENDEN,

Major-General, Commanding.

JASPER, September 3, 1863-11 p.m.

General GARFIELD,

Chief of Staff:

Reynolds sends me the following dispatch from Wilder, with request to forward it to General Thomas. Not knowing where General Thomas is, I forward it to the department.

OPPOSITE CHATTANOOGA, September 2, 1863.

I have possession of Williams' Island, and can for the river and go up Lookout Valley if required. The water is 4 feet deep. I have two boats-sufficient to cross my artillery. All quiet in front; but small garrison at Chattanooga. Large camp at Tyner's and also at Ringgold. Colonel Minty reports three steamers at mouth of Hiwassee.

T. L. CRITTENDEN,

Major-General, Commanding.

ORDERS.] HDQRS. U. S. FORCES, LEFT FLANK OF THE ARMY,

Poe's Tavern, September 3, 1863.

Colonel O. H. Payne, One hundred and twenty-fourth Ohio Volunteers, will temporarily assume command of this brigade, and will also take charge of the current post business.

By order of General Hazen:

JNumbers CROWELL, JR.,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.