War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0487 Chapter XLII. CORRESPONDENCE,ETC.-UNION.

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The courier met General Wood's division. The general indorsed on his envelope as follows:

I am entering the town with the head of my division. Communicate to department headquarters.

TH. J. WOOD,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

Very respectfully,your obedient servant,

J. J. REYNOLDS,

Major-General, Commanding Division.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH DIVISION, FOURTEENTH CORPS, Cureton's Mill, September 9, 1863-6.30 p.m.

Colonel FLYNT,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

We are in receipt of two dispatches from Colonel Atkins, commanding Ninety-second Illinois (by special couriers from his regiment), within a few minutes of each other. Find copy of the first received inclosed; the other reads ad follows (written first):

HEADQUARTERS NINETY-SECOND ILLINOIS VOLUNTEERS, Chattanooga, September 9, 1863-11 a.m.

Major LEVERING,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

MAJOR:We had a little skirmishing on the mountain, but now hold Chattanooga. My stand of colors was the first to float over the town. A complete evacuation. Columns of dust showed them going south. Two companies of my regiment are pressing after them, and I will likely take my command up the river to gobble a little squad said to be there.

Very respectfully,

SMITH D. ATKINS,

Colonel Ninety-Second Illinois.

have sent copy to department headquarters.

Respectfully,

J. J. REYNOLDS,

Major-General, Commanding Division.

[Indorsement.]

Bully for Reynolds' division.

L[EVERING]

[Inclosure.]

HEADQUARTERS NINETY-SECOND ILLINOIS VOLUNTEERS, Chattanooga, September 9, 1863-11 a.m.

Major LEVERING,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

The enemy left with infantry and artillery night before last; some passing yesterday for La Fayette. Bragg's entire forces is variously estimated at 60,000 to 90,000. Johnston was here. The enemy all said they would give battle at Rome. Some deserters have been taken by me, and say many are in the mountains that will come in. About 600 cavalry left this morning, but my parties could not overtake them, as they had fresh horses and ours were jaded-I was detained by General Wood a little, or I think I could have made a dash