HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS, Johnson's Crook, September 15, 1863-9.30 a. m.
General P. H. SHERIDAN,
Commanding Third Division:
General McCook directs that you move your division immediately forward by the Johnson's Crook route and through Steven's Gap to join General Thomas forces. Come as far as you can to-night, and please send a courier to our headquarters to have our headquarters wagons brought forward with yours by this route. The mountain road here is a very bad one. The general wishes you to move your troops and wagons by the near route. Send forward your pioneers to clear the way.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
G. P. THRUSTON,
Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIRST ARMY CORPS, September 15, 1863-10.10 a. m. (Received 11.45 a. m.)
No enemy between here and Chattanooga. No force in front that I can hear of on the ridge. I must go back or come down into the valley. Let me hear from you soon.
T. L. CRITTENDEN,
(By courier by way of Missionary Ridge, at Henson's.)
SEPTEMBER 15, 1863.
Orders were sent you yesterday to take post on Chickamauga Creek from Owens' to Gower's Fords.
Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.
GORDON'S MILLS, September 15, 1863.
General Crittenden, with two divisions, has move camp to Owens' Ford. General Wood is in command here.
Lieutenant and Acting Signal Officer.
HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIRST ARMY CORPS, Chickamauga Creek, near Gowan's, September 15, 1863-7.45 p. m.
Brigadier General J. A. GARFIELD,
Chief of Staff:
DEAR SIR: I have this moment your not of 6.45 p. m. Regret to learn of General Rosecrans' indisposition, but am very glad to learn of his whereabouts, as I have been anxiously looking for him for two