thall, Helm of Kentucky, and Deshler killed, and Major-Generals Preston, Cleburne, and Gregg, and Brigadier-Generals Benning, Adams, Bunn, Brown, and John [B. H.] Helm wounded. By confusion the two Helms may be the same man and Bunn and Brown may be the same man. With Burnside, Sherman, and from elsewhere we shall get to you from 40,000 to 60,000 additional men.
WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, D. C., September 24, 1863.
COMMANDING OFFICER PAROLE CAMP,
General Halleck wishes you to detain the paroled officers and men of the Eleventh and Twelfth Corps of General Meade's army until further orders, but hold them prepared to moved at short notice.
E. A. HITCHCOCK,
Major-General of Volunteers. Commissioner, &c.
WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, September 24, 1863-2.30 a.m.
In addition to the expected assistance to you from Burnside, Hurlbut, and Sherman, 14,000 or 15,000 men from here will be in Nashville in about seven days. The Government deems it very important that Chattanooga be held till re-enforcements arrive.
H. W. HALLECK,
WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, September 24, 1863-10 a.m.
The corps of 14,000 or 15,000 men to be sent from here has the usual amount of artillery but no cavalry. If the artillery is not deemed necessary, the railroad transportation will be greatly diminished. Please answer.
H. W. HALLECK,
CHATTANOOGA, TENN., September 24, 1863- 2 p.m. [Received 4,25 p.m.]
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
Please send the infantry by brigades as fast as possible. Let the artillery follow at leisure. The great point is to have troops at Stevenson and Bridgeport, to secure those points and the railroad.