This has doubtless been done, and Buckner, Johnston, and Bragg are all near Chattanooga. The movement on East Tennessee was independent of mine. Your apprehensions are just, and the legitimate consequences of your orders. The best that can now be done is for Burnside to close his calvary down on our left, supporting it with his infantry, and, refusing* his left, threaten the enemy, without getting into his grasp, while we get him in our grip and strangle him, or perish in the attempt.
W. S. ROSECRANS,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Trenton, Ga., September 7, 1863-12 p.m.
Hon. JAMES GUTHRIE,
President Louisville and Nashville R. R. Co., Louisville:
We must have by your road at east twenty cars daily for commissary stores, besides what may be wanted for quartermaster's stores. Requisitions will be made by officers at Louisville.
W. S. ROSECRANS,
Telegraph operator send copy of above to Major H. C. Symonds,commissary of subsistence, Louisville, and to Captain S. J. Little, commissary of subsistence, Nashville.
IN THE WOODS NEAR WAUHATCHIE JUNCTION, September 7, 1863-7 p.m.
Completed the wire to Wauhatchie Junction last night, but owing to a change of position of Wood's division during the night, was obliged to open communication 2 miles north of that place. Will run the wire up to the railroad toward Trenton soon as the troops are in a position to protect the junction.
J. C. VAN DUZER,
Assistant Superintendent Military Telegraph.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Trenton, September 7, 1863.
Commanding Fourteenth Army Corps:
The general commanding desires you to inform him at the earliest moment of the success of General Nehley's operations in Stevens' Gap.
R. S. THOMS,
Captain and Aide-de-Camp.
*General Halleck's copy reads, "and using his left to threaten the enemy," &c.