CRAWFORDVILLE, IND., September 21, 1863.
(Received 8 p.m.)
Honorable E. M. STANTON:
I never authorized anybody to apply to you to grant me permission to make speeches anywhere. The armies are moving, battles being fought. I am ashamed at being made to stay at home. How much more would I be ashamed to go about making speeches. For months past I have been your respectful beggar for duty in the field. I am so yet, and shall continue. I decline reporting to Governor Morton.
COLUMBUS, OHIO, September 21, 1863.
General J. A. GARFIELD:
Is it advisable that I send extra surgeons and nurses to your army?
ROSSVILLE, September 21, 1863-11 p.m.
General Garfield left here at 10.30; will arrive at Chattanooga about 11.30. He hopes you will not leave before his arrival.
CHATTANOOGA,, September 21, 1863.
dispatch received. * Report frequently.
J. A. GARFIELD,
Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.
ROSSVILLE, September 21, 1863-6 p.m.
Chief of Staff:
General Thomas received all your dispatches. Everything all right. I am starting in.
ARTHUR C. DUCAT,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Inspector-General.
LEFT WING SIGNAL STATION,
September 21, 1863-2.30 p.m.
A column of dust is seen on ridge north 50 degrees east. Also infantry and cavalry are seen in line on the ridge south 80 degrees east. Same as reported before. A few infantry, about 15 cavalry,
have come down the hill.
*See Ducat to Rosecrans, September 21, Part I, p. 154.