War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0388 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., N. ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter XLII.

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HEADQUARTERS NINETY-EIGHT ILLINOIS VOLUNTEERS,

September 6, 1863.

Captain WILLIAM E. HOFMAN:

You will ascertain, if possible, whether the rebels have thrown a bridge across the river from the opposite side to the island opposite Dallas. You can see that part of the river from the hill near Johnston's house.

By command of John J. Funkhouser, colonel commanding:

GEO. B. THATCHER,

Adjutant.

It may be possible that you can get a man across to the island and ascertain in that way. Report the result to these headquarters at once.

HEADQUARTERS PICKETS,

September 6, 1863-1 p.m.

Colonel FUNKHOUSER:

There is no sign of a bridge connecting Dallas and island with the opposite shore. I think I can establish night pickets on the island. Not a rebel has shown himself at Harrison to-day; a few have been seen above the island.

W. E. HOFMAN,

Captain, Commanding Pickets.

We have a signal flag here in connection with General Hazen's headquarters.

HOFMAN.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,

Near Winston's, Ala., September 6, 1863.

Major-General SHERIDAN,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: The following dispatch is just receive:

Major-General McCOOK:

The general commanding directs that the trains of each division be placed under an energetic field officer, who will be responsible for their order and efficiency.

C. GODDARD,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

General McCook directs that this order by carried into execution immediately, and that the field officer designated shall be instructed to confer with the corps quartermaster as to the best mode of promoting the order and efficiency of the trains.

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

G. P. THRUSTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,

Near Trenton, September 6, 1863-10.30 a.m.

Brigadier-General GARFIELD,

Chief of Staff, Department of the Cumberland:

GENERAL: I sent a scout out yesterday over the Lookout Mountain. He returned this morning. The following is the information