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to hear more frequently from you, as until this note he had not heard from you since 12 m. on the 16th. Yesterday when at department headquarters much surprise was expressed to the general because he had no information from you.

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

P. P. OLDERSHAW,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIRST ARMY CORPS,

Gordon's Mills and Rossville Road, 1 1/2 Miles North of Mills,

September 19, 1863-11 a.m.

Brigadier-General GARFIELD,

Chief of Staff:

SIR: I have the honor to report that the engagement to my left is still going on, supposed to be General Brannan's division, and distant about 2 miles north of this point. Colonel Grose, so far as I learn, is not engaged, but I have ordered General Palmer to move up with the balance of his division, and to aid General Thomas with the whole.

I am, sir, very respectfully,

T. L. CRITTENDEN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIRST ARMY CORPS, September 19, 1863-12.25 p.m.

General GARFIELD,

Chief of Staff:

SIR: Your note of 12.20 is this moment received. Before its receipt I did not understand the movement, and feared that my troops were being driven back. I now understand it. General Van Cleve is just going in with two brigades where he will perhaps take the enemy on left or rear and enable General Thomas' right (refused) to act as reserve. I have sent General Wood word. Lodor and McKibbin have just returned.

Very respectfully,

T. L. CRITTENDEN.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIRST ARMY CORPS, September 19, 1863-1.15 p.m.

General WOOD,

Commanding First Division:

Heavy fight going on about 2 miles from you. Palmer is in it and two brigades of Van Cleve going in. Look out for your left.

Very respectfully,

OLDERSHAW,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.