War of the Rebellion: Serial 052 Page 0954 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., N. ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter XLII.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Chattanooga, September 30, 1863.

Brigadier-General GILLEM,

Nashville:

The general commanding directs me to say that he thinks he will be able to furnish the regiments asked for in a very few days, and that so soon as he can he will furnish them.

FRANK S. BOND,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Chattanooga, September 30, 1863-10 p.m.

Colonel SMITH,

Commanding Bridgeport:

The general commanding directs me to ask you whether there was any cannonading at Bridgeport to-day and what it was about.

D. G. SWAIM,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Chattanooga, September 30, 1863.

Major General JOSEPH HOOKER,

Commanding Corps:

The general commanding directs you to furnish your command with the tools allowed it by the War Department, and an extra wagon-load of tools to each division. The nature of country through which you are to operate requires that special care ba taken in this matter.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. A. GARFIELD,

Brigadier-General, Chief of Staff.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., September 30, 1863-2.20 p.m.

(Received 11.40 p.m.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-chief:

My force is now concentrated and in readiness to move in accordance with either of the following plans. Had I moved at once by brigades and divisions I could have been of no material assistance to Rosecrans, and the detachments would have been subjected to severe attack from a heavy body of the enemy's cavalry that has been hanging on our flanks for some days below Loudon, and has been kept at bay by our cavalry:

First plan: To abandon the railroad and East Tennessee, leaving the present force at Cumberland Gap, and to move down with the remainder of the force, say 20,000 me, on the north side of the Tennessee through Kingston, Washington, and Smith's Cross-Roads, and effect a junction with Rosecrans. I think it would be disastrous to