War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0824 KY., SW.VA., TENN., MISS., N.ALA., AND N.GA. Chapter XLII.

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HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS, Chattanooga, September 24, 1863-8 p.m.

Lieutenant Colonel G. P. THRUSTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: I have the honor to inform the general commanding the corps that the enemy has placed a battery on Lookout Mountain, from which he commenced throwing shell about 4 p.m. which exploded both in the front and in the rear of our lines.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS, Chattanooga, September 24, 1863-9.45 p.m.

Lieutenant Colonel G. P. THRUSTON,

Asst. Adjt. General and Chief of Staff, 20th Army Corps:

COLONEL: The officer in charge of the picket line on my extreme right reports that the enemy is building a bridge across Chattanooga Creek near where the railroad bridge was burned to-day. Colonel Laiboldt will probably open upon the point with artillery and endeavor to drive the enemy from it.

Your obedient servant,

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS, Chattanooga, September 24, 1863-10 p.m.

[Lieutenant Colonel G. P. THRUSTON:]

If the battery on the opposite side of the river is placed upon the crest of the hill, it will effectually prevent the occupation of the reach of land running down to the railroad bridge, also cover any point in my front.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Chattanooga, September 24, 1863-1.25 p.m.

Major General T. L. CRITTENDEN:

The general commanding directs you to make a reconnaissance in force this afternoon to your front to ascertain the position and strength of the enemy. Examine the country in the direction of Harrison and toward Missionary Ridge. The reconnoitering force and the extend to which it shall be pushed are left to your discretion. Generals Thomas and McCook will reconnoiter their fronts at the same time.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. A. GARFIELD,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.