War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0837 Chapter XLII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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Chickamauga, opposite the river ford, with rifle-pits along the bank of the rive. One company on picket at the river opposite Caldwell's house.

All have instructions to picket their flanks and rear.

Ninety-eighth Illinois have gone to Stevenson with prisoners.

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

A. O. MILLER,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

HDQRS. FIRST BRIG., FOURTH DIV., 14TH ARMY CORPS, Friar's Island, September 24, 1863-12 m.

Captain SINCLAIR,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

All quiet from here to Soddy Shoals Ford. Scouts report one regiment of infantry, one of cavalry, and three pieces of artillery as having passed the other side of Oak Ridge, up the valley near the railroad toward Cleveland. Numerous scouting parties of rebel cavalry are reported on the opposite side of the river near Harison.

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

A. O. MILLER,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

HDQRS. FIRST BRIG., FOURTH DIV., 14TH ARMY CORPS, Friar's Island, September 24, 1863-6 p.m.

Captain SINCLAIR, Assistant Adjutant-General:

All quiet from Soddy Shoals Ford to this place. A few rebels were seen opposite this place this afternoon, but in nothing like force. Captain Baker, Company K, Second Michigan Cavalry, stationed at Penny's Ford, has what he deems reliable information that the Federal cavalry of Colonels Byrd and Carter are at Cleveland, or were on yesterday. I have sent by special messengers your dispatch to Colonel Minty. Three deserters came in to-day at Harrison's Landing. They give no reliable news.

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

A. O. MILLER,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Chattanooga, September 24, 1863.

Colonel THOMPSON,

Commanding Colored Regiment, Elk River Bridge:

Concentrate your regiment at Elk River, and make good preparations to defend the bridge against guerrillas.

J. A. GARFIELD,

Brigadier-General, Chief of Staff.

ELK RIVER, September 24, 1863-4.30 p.m.

Brigadier General J. A. GARFIELD:

Have ordered detachments to headquarters of the regiment. We are well prepared to resist raids and protect the bridge.

CHAS. R. THOMPSON,

Colonel, Commanding.