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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT,

Chattanooga, September 12, 1863.

(Received Gordon's Mills, 1.30 a. m., 13th.)

Major-General CRITTENDEN,

Commanding Twenty-first Army Corps:

GENERAL: What was the force that Hazen was skirmishing with, infantry or cavalry? What was in Wilder's front?

C. GODDARD,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Indorsements.]

HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIRST ARMY CORPS,

September 13, 1863-1.45 a. m.

Respectfully referred to General Palmer, commanding Second Division, who will cause a report to be made by General Hazen, to be forwarded without delay.

By order of Major-General Crittenden:

P. P. OLDERSHAW,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. SECOND DIV., TWENTY-FIRST ARMY CORPS,

September 13, 1863-2 a. m.

Respectfully referred to General Hazen for above required purpose.

By order, &c.:

J. R. MUHLEMAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Captain J. R. MUHLEMAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

The force opposed to me this morning was three companies of cavalry, and this evening was 15 cavalrymen, apparently a picket.

W. B. HAZEN,

Brigadier-General.

SEPTEMBER 12, 1863-9.05 a. m.

Captain P. P. OLDERSHAW,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

CAPTAIN: I am at the junction of the La Fayette road and that from Gordon's Mills. I have just informed General Van Cleve of my arrival. Large rebel cavalry force passed down the La Fayette road on yesterday afternoon, and early last night they destroyed the bridge and obstructed the ford over the Pea Vine. I am now within 5 miles of Gordon's Mills, and will push forward a party to learn something of the roads and of Wood's whereabouts.

JOHN M. PALMER,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIRST ARMY CORPS,

Gordon's Mills, September 12, 1863-4 p. m.

Major-General PALMER,

Commanding:

The general commanding directs that so soon as you return from your reconnaissance (and on which I have just sent General Hazen)