HDQRS. NINETY-SECOND ILL. VOLS., WILDER'S BRIGADE,
Rossville, September 11, 1863-10 p. m.
Colonel C. GODDARD,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Chattanooga:
COLONEL: I left Ringgold at 1 p. m. to-day, under orders from Major-General Reynolds, to report to him with my regiment at La Fayette, Ga. Colonel Wilder sent two mountain howitzers with me. Is General Reynolds there? and what route shall I proceed on?
I beg to state that, being in advance of Colonel Wilder's brigade this morning, I had sharp skirmishing with one of Forrest's brigades at Ringgold; lost 6 horses, and 2 men severely wounded and others slightly. While engaging the enemy General Van Cleve's force, coming into Ringgold at right angles with us, began shelling him and he retreated through the pass east of Ringgold. He is reported to have three brigades. General Van Cleve and Colonel Wilder followed him,, and I heard some cannonading that way a little afternoon. We killed 11 of the enemy.
I am, most respectfully, your obedient servant,
SMITH D. ATKINS,
Colonel Ninety-second Illinois Volunteers, Wilder's Brigade.
BRIDGEPORT, September 11, 1863-1 p. m.
Lieutenant Colonel C. GODDARD,
Where is General Reynolds' division?
C. H. CARLTON,
Colonel Eighty-ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
CHATTANOOGA, September 11, 1863.
Colonel C. H. CARLTON,
Eighty-ninth Ohio, Bridgeport:
Dispatch received. Report your command to Major-General Granger to act as escort for train to this place. Report your arrival here to these headquarters.
HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
McKaig's Gap, Lookout Mountain, September 11, 1863-8 a. m.
Comdg. 20TH ARMY CORPS, Winston's Gap, or beyond:
GENERAL: I am ordered by General Rosecrans to open communication with you, and as I have no cavalry I am compelled to intrust this to the hands of a citizen. We are laboring along as best we may, and I hope we may be able to get into La Fayette tomorrow. The enemy is in our front in pretty strong force, and has obstructed the roads very completely, and, with the difficulties to overcome in