hours. I am very tired myself and have gone to bed, otherwise would ride up to-night. I will, however, leave here early in the morning and ride down with the general. There is nothing new. All my command is in position as ordered.
I am, sir, very respectfully,
T. L. CRITTENDEN,
HDQRS. FIRST BRIGADE, SECOND DIVISION CAVALRY, Near Peeler's Mill, September 15, 1863.
ASSISTANT ADJUTANT-GENERAL, Twenty-first Army Corps:
SIR: The rebel pickets left this half an hour before I arrived. I have strange reports from the citizens. They say positively that Forrest is at Ringgold, Pegram at Leet's, Buckner at Rock Spring, Cleburne and Longstreet at Dalton.
I am, &c.,
ROBT. H. G. MINTY,
BRIDGEPORT, September 15, 1863-3.45 p. m.
GENERAL: I have the honor to report I have just arrived here with two companies Michigan Engineers and Mechanics, with tools and five wagons. I have orders to report to you. Will leave here early in the morning.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
P. V. FOX,
Captain, Comdg. Detch. First Mich. Engrs. and Mechanics.
HEADQUARTERS RESERVE CORPS, Rossville, Ga., September 15, 1863.
Lieutenant Colonel C. GODDARD,
COLONEL: One of my scouts returned this morning from Ooltewah via Missionary Mills, and learned from the people through the country that a rebel force (estimated at two divisions) was at Graysville yesterday afternoon, and supposed to be moving in the direction of Ringgold. I sent out on the Ringgold road before daylight a few mounted infantry some 5 miles. Citizens reported there that four cavalry brigades were encamped near Ringgold. This may be the rear of Buckner's force passing down from East Tennessee.
I would suggest that you send what cavalry you have as far out as Peeler's Mill and Ringgold, and ascertain what force, if any, is in that quarter. Our flank is important just now, and if there is any rebel force in that direction it should be closely observed.