HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Chattanooga, September 23, 1863.
General W. C. WHITAKER:
Major Fullerton, of General Gordon Granger's staff, informs the general commanding that a report has been received from Colonel Champion, commanding a regiment of your brigade opposite Lookout Point, that he saw a column of rebel troops 1 mile long coming down Lookout Valley. The general commanding directs that Colonel Champion report at once all he discovered, the probable size of the force, whether cavalry or infantry, and if he could see any artillery; direct him to watch all the crossings of the river in his vicinity vigilantly, and notify us immediately of anything that may occur.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS FIRST BRIGADE, FIRST DIVISION, September 23, 1863- 1 p.m.
Colonel C. GODDARD,
A messenger informed me from the river that the rebels had fired on the flat-boat or ferry-boat; that the hands jumped overboard, leaving her; that she drifted to the shore and fell into their possession; the artillery opened on her, with what effect he could not say. The enemy, he says, was in considerable force. For fear Colonel Champion may need aid, I am moving as rapidly as the heat and dust will admit to support him. It is about 3 miles from here to that point.
W. C. WHITAKER,
SEPTEMBER 23, 1863.
Brig. General J. D. MORGAN,
Make immediate arrangements to procure arms from the ordnance officer at Murfreesborough to arm convalescents at Bridgeport and Stevenson. Organize them and use them for defense of river.
By order of Major-General Rosecrans:
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, September 23, 1863.
The Alabama House, at Stevenson, was leased to be kept for the accommodation of railroad employees, and the general commanding ordered that the lessee be protected in possession of it. It is reported