HDQRS. 1ST BRIG., 4TH DIV., 14TH ARMY CORPS,
September 12, 1863-3 a. m.
General VAN CLEVE,
Commanding Division, &c.:
GENERAL: From all appearances we may have a pretty sharp fight here this morning. I desire to know whether your command will come forward to my support, and if so at what time?
I am, general, very truly, yours to command,
J. T. WILDER,
ORDERS.] HDQRS. THIRD DIV., 21ST ARMY CORPS,
Gordon's Mills, September 12, 1863-11.30 p. m.
Information has just been received that the enemy is in our front, supposed to be in some force. Pickets must exercise unusual vigilance and be strengthened whenever necessary, and the whole command be under arms and in line of battle before daylight.
By command of Brigadier General H. P. Van Cleve:
E. A. OTIS,
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Bridgeport, September 12, 1863.
Chief of Staff:
Shall I order the Eighty-ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry to join General Reynolds? Shall I order McCook's brigade from Shellmound to Chattanooga? Please keep me posted in all that is taking place. Do not be so slow in answering my dispatches.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Chattanooga, September 12, 1863-11.45 a. m.
The enemy has concentrated in vicinity of La Fayette and attacked one of General Thomas' columns yesterday, between Dug and Stevens' Gaps, with superior force. We are concentrating the army to support General Thomas and fight a general battle. Send an order to General Ling to hasten his march and join General Thomas at the earliest possible moment by way of Stevens' Gap. Come to this place immediately with Steedman's division. Move in light marching order by the shortest route, and direct your trains to follow. If all reports are true, we have not a moment to lose. The Shellmound brigade (McCook's) should move at once.
J. A. GARFIELD,
Brigadier-General, Chief of Staff.