WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, September 28, 1863.*
I. The President of the United States directs that the Twentieth and Twenty-first Army Corps be consolidated and called the Fourth Army Corps, and that Major General Gordon Granger be the commander of this consolidated corps.
II. It is also directed that a court of inquiry be convened, the detail to be hereafter made, to inquire and report upon the conduct of Major-General McCook and Crittenden, in the battles of the 19th and 20th instant. These officers are relieved from duty in the Department of the Cumberland, and will repair to Indianapolis, Ind., reporting their arrival, by letter, to the Adjutant-General of the Army.
By order of the Secretary of War:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF TENNESSEE,
September 28, 1863.
Major General W. S. ROSECRANS,
Commanding U. S. Forces, Chattanooga:
GENERAL: The communication of Major-General McCook, of yesterday's date, requesting permission to remove the bodies of certain officers left on the field of Chickamauga, with your indorsement, is received. Under the direction of your medical officers now on the field, the bodies of general officers may be removed with your wounded; at a more opportune time it will afford me pleasure to extend this permission.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
NASHVILLE, September 28, 1863.
Lieutenant Colonel C. GODDARD,
Troops on the way. Are they to be left at Stevenson or Bridgeport? Answer.
WM. P. INNES,
Colonel and Military Superintendent.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Chattanooga, September 28, 1863.
Brigadier General J. ST. C. MORTON,
GENERAL: The general commanding directs you to hurry forward the work of sending lumber for the pontoon-bridge. You need not send any more timber for magazines at present.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. A. GARFIELD,
Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.
*The substance of this order was telegraphed to General Rosecrans September 28, 10 p.m. In reference to mistake in telegram, see p. 927.