War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0798 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., N. ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter XLII.

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HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,

September 23, 1863-8.30 p.m.

General SHERIDAN,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: Information is just received that the Pioneer Corps cannot furnish the promised number of axes and picks for the work to-night. General McCook therefore directs that you have fifty axes and fifty picks sent to these headquarters as soon as practicable. If the detail from the Third Division has already started here, it will be necessary to send a company here with them.

Very respectfully,

G. P. THRUSTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,

September 23, 1863-9.20 p.m.

Major General P. H. SHERIDAN,

Commanding Third Division:

I am directed by General McCook to repeat the instructions of last night as to having your command under arms at 4 a.m., advanced artillery withdrawn, &c., Every precaution must be taken to guard against a surprise before the fog clears away in the morning. A division of rebel infantry is reported to be 1 1/2 miles in your front to-night.

Very respectfully,

G. P. THRUSTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Chattanooga, September 23, 1863-11 a.m.

Major-General CRITTENDEN,

Twenty-first Army Corps:

The general commanding directs you to have all the timber you possibly can, cut on Palmer's front and made into abatis; have the parapets thickened, and the troops all prepared and in readiness to hold you position at all hazards. Particular care must be taken of Palmer's front.

Respectfully,

C. GODDARD,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Chattanooga, Tenn., September 23, 1863-4.50 p.m.

Major-General CRITTENDEN,.

Commanding Twenty-first Army Corps:

The general commanding directs me to say that he considers your line of intrenchments too weak, and he directs that you strengthen them to-night. Make them, if possible, as strong as those of General Thomas.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRANK S. BOND,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.