HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Chattanooga, September 25, 1863.
Colonel R. H. G. MINTY:
The general commanding directs you to report your command to Brigadier-General Crook. You will report their condition and whereabouts, and whether forage can be found. This order will be sent you by a staff officer of General McCook.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS SECOND EAST TENNESSEE CAVALRY, Jasper, Tenn., September 25, 1863.
General R. B. MITCHELL,
GENERAL: I have the honor to report that I arrived safe with my command at Bridgeport on yesterday. Prisoners and train in my care all safely delivered at their proper destination. I have this day sent out scouts in every direction as per orders. Will report to you tri-daily.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
WM. R. COOK,
JASPER, September 25, 1863-5 p.m.
A. A. G., Cavalry Corps, Dept. of the Cumberland:
SIR: I have the honor very respectfully to report that, according to instructions, two squadrons went this morning to the vicinity of Shellmound, but found no indications of the enemy. Everything quiet in this valley.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. R. COOK,
Lieutenant Colonel, Comdg. Second East Tennessee Cavalry.
HEADQUARTERS FIFTH KENTUCKY CAVALRY, September 25, 1863-10 a.m.
Major WILLIAM H. SINCLAIR,
MAJOR: I have just received your dispatch of the 24th, directing me to watch Kelley's Ferry, secure boats, &c. I was encamped with the First Battalion of my regiment 8 miles above the ferry. I have sent three companies of it, under Major Wharton, to the ferry, to encamp there and watch it. Major Cheek, with a portion of the Second Battalion [all who are not in courier line], are about 3 miles