War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0762 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., N. ALA, AND, N. GA. Chapter XLII.

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HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Rossville, September 21, 1863-11.20 a.m.

General ROSECRANS,

Commanding Department:

Send to this place 200 axes, with handles, for the purpose of obstructing the roads.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, Commanding.

CHATTANOOGA, September 21, 1863-6 p.m.

Major-General THOMAS:

I shall remain here. Please give such orders to my troops as you deem proper.

G. GRANGER,

Major-General.

SEPTEMBER 21, 1863.

Captain SEITER:

All quiet. Covered wagons or ambulances can be seen on the road toward Ringgold, beyond the Chickamauga River. Columns of dust near the same place move slowly north.

H. C. JONES,

Captain and Acting Signal Officer.

SEPTEMBER 21, 1863.

Captain SEITER:

Skirmishing in our front not heavy.

JONES,

Captain and Acting Signal Officer.

SEPTEMBER 21, 1863-11 a.m.

Major-General ROSECRANS:

GENERAL: As directed by you I have gathered up and forwarded to their respective commands several hundred disorganized troops, and have the work still going on by fifteen or twenty different escorts of generals, under their commissioned officers. I found the task comparatively easy, the men separated from their regiments being in high spirits and not at all cowed. It was generally necessary only to let them know where to go to find their commands.

I find the troops in fine spirits and ready to re-enter the fight, though they have suffered severe loss. What is left is all right. I have seen but one soldier to-day who seemed to be cowed. As I write, cheers are going up all over the field. There are not many stragglers now.

I am, &c.,

LOVELL H. ROUSSEAU,

Major-General.