War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0668 KY.,SW. VA.,TENN.,MISS.,N. ALA.,AND N. GA. Chapter XLII.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Crawfish Spring, September 16, 1863-4.30 p. m.

Major-General THOMAS:

The general commanding desires you to report to-night the position of all your command.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. GODDARD,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Copy to Major-General McCook, Major-General Crittenden, and Brigadier General R. B. Mitchell.)

CIRCULAR.] HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Crawfish Spring, September 16, 1863.

The general commanding directs you to see that your men have three days' rations in their haversacks, and as near 20 rounds of ammunition in the pocket of each man, in addition to having his cartridge-box full. There are some indications that the enemy is massing for an attack on our left. The general commanding desires to know how your divisions are now posted before giving further orders.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. A. GARFIELD,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

(Copy to Major-General McCook, Major-General Crittenden, and Brigadier-General Mitchell.)

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Widow Gordon's, Crawfish Spring, September 16, 1863-8.05 a. m.

Major-General THOMAS,

Commanding Fourteenth Army Corps:

The general commanding directs that you concentrate your corps between Gower's and Bird's Mill, so as to hold the road. Have Wilder get ready to move up as soon as practicable. Do it to-day, and as secretly as possible. Your spare transportation should be put on the Chattanooga Valley road.

Foraging should be done in front, and all the corn that can be gathered. Have the men move with as little fatigue as possible.

General Halleck telegraphed that three divisions from Lee's army are with Bragg or on their way to join him.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRANK S. BOND,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.

Direct Colonel Wilder to make his arrangements to move early to-morrow morning.

By command of Major-General Thomas:

GEO. E. FLYNT,

Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.