HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIRST ARMY CORPS,
In Valley on Eastern Slope of Missionary Ridge,
September 20, 1863-7.15 a.m.
Chief of Staff:
SIR: I have the honor to inform you that my First and Third Divisions are now in position here, and both officers and men are in fine spirits. I am pleased to inform you that three days' supply for my command arrived here last night. I have sent (through General Brannan) to advise General Palmer of this. Perhaps information through General Thomas would reach him more promptly. I would suggest that a few couriers be ordered to report to me, to effect sure and prompt communication with department headquarters.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
T. L. CRITTENDEN,
HEADQUARTERS PARTISAN CORPS,
Edwards' Ford, September 20, 1863.
Commanding at Chattanooga:
SIR: All going on well in this quarter. No demonstration in front of the ford. Will start my scouts over the river immediately and keep you promptly informed of results.
WILL C. MOREAU,
Captain, Commanding Partisan Corps.
[SEPTEMBER 20, 1863.]
General Granger is moving Steedman with two brigades to General Thomas' assistance.
WM. C. RUSSELL,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
STEVENSON, September 20, 1863.
There is a very fine six-gun battery, Company E, First Ohio, belonging to my division at Nashville. Shall I order it up? I will start for Bridgeport as soon as I hear from you. Please answer immediately.
JAS. D. MORGAN,
STEVENSON, September 20, 1863-8 p.m.
Your dispatch just received. The force at Bridgeport is as follows: Tenth, Sixteenth, and Sixtieth Illinois Infantry; Beebe's battery, four guns, at Battle Creek. The Thirty-fourth Illinois, Tenth