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immediately to the Fourth Illinois Cavalry at Collierville ordering them to move with camp and garrison to this place. The Seventh Illinois Cavalry being badly located at La Fayette, I think it would be best to move the regiment to Collierville, or two battalions of it, leaving one at La Fayette, if in your judgment this arrangement would sufficiently guard the railroad.



[SEPTEMBER 14, 1863.-For Foster to Halleck, relating to re-enforcements from Lee to Bragg, &c., see Series I, Vol. XXIX, Part II, p. 184.]

ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE, September 14, 1863.

Major-General ROSECRANS, U. S. Vols.,

Chattanooga, Tenn.:

Your dispatch of 11th instant received. The Secretary of War says the authority you ask for has already been given you to organize regiment, &c.


Assistant Adjutant-General.

DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, Chattanooga, September 14, [13?], 1863-9.55 p. m.


Lookout Valley:

Dispatch just received from Crittenden, 6.40 p. m. All quiet. Fourth U. S. Cavalry made a reconnaissance down Cove road and within 6 miles of La Fayette. No opposition except small cavalry pickets. Wilder reports rebels falling pack toward Keane's. His advance went within 1 mile of Leet's Tan-yard; found nothing but small cavalry force. I am just sending copies of dispatches by couriers. Several of the staff wish to join you if battle comes off. Have you any objections to communicate by signals?


Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

SUMMERTOWN STATION, September 14, 1863-4 p. m.

Captain MERRILL:

Heard a couple of artillery shots and scattering volleys musketry, and few musketry shots following, in direction beyond Rossville from here. See clouds of dust moving south 35 degrees east of south from here; 15 miles distant. All quiet now.


Signal Officer.