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HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS, Chattanooga, October 1, 1863.

Colonel P. SIDNEY POST,

Commanding First Brigade:

COLONEL: By direction of General Davis, you will report, after a thorough examination of your earth-works, their condition, and whether the drainage is complete, so that they would not be untenable in case of a long-continued rain. The general also wishes you to be careful that your pickets are not cut off by the rise of Chattanooga Creek.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

T. W. MORRISON,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. FIRST BRIG., FIRST DIV., 20TH ARMY CORPS, Chattanooga, Tenn., October 1, 1863.

Captain T. W. MORRISON,

Asst. Adjt. General, First Div., Twentieth Army Corps:

CAPTAIN: In reply to your communication of this p.m., I have the honor to report that the works indicated have been thoroughly examined, and the drainage found very incomplete, the water standing in nearly the whole line of intrenchment.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

P. SIDNEY POST,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS, Chattanooga, October 1, 1863.

Colonel P. SIDNEY POST,

Commanding First Brigade:

COLONEL: Your report on the examination of the works occupied by your command is received, in which you state the drainage to be very incomplete. General Davis directs that you make such additional work on the line as is necessary to prevent the works washing away or the water to interfere, by being collected in ditches along the line, with the position of your troops as they are posted. The general desires you to have the drainage commenced at an early hour to-morrow, and the works improved so that they will not become untenable.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

T. W. MORRISON,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS, Chattanooga, October 1, 1863.

Major General P. H. SHERIDAN,

Commanding Third Division, Twentieth Army Corps:

GENERAL: The following dispatch has just been received from department headquarters by telegraph: "The general commanding