War of the Rebellion: Serial 053 Page 0044 KY.,SW.VA.,TENN.,MISS.,N.ALA.,AND N.GA. Chapter XLII.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Chattanooga, October 2, 1863.

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Battle Creek:

Colonel McCook's division of cavalry were ordered day before yesterday to move from Bridgeport to Anderson's up the Sequatchie Valley. Three regiments of infantry and one section of artillery were ordered from Battle Creek to the same point. These forces should have moved yesterday. Do you know when they moved, and where they now are? If the infantry has not moved from Jasper, it will do so at once. Report immediately in reference to these matters.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. A. GARFIELD,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS CHIEF OF CAVALRY, DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Island Ferry, October 2, 1863.

General GARFIELD,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: We have a rumor here that some of our trains have been burned on the mountain. I have sent out all the men I have in camp to ascertain the truth of the report. Have you heard anything of it?

I am, your obedient servant,

ROBT. B. MITCHELL,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Cavalry.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Chattanooga, October 2, 1863.

Brigadier-General MITCHELL,

Commanding Cavalry:

GENERAL: The general commanding directs me to say that we have heard of the rumor of capture of our trains, but that Colonel McCook has been ordered up there and should be there in time to save them; also Colonel Boyd is out there and would probably have reported anything serious. Let us know the result of your scout.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRANK S. BOND,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS CHIEF OF CAVALRY, DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Island Ferry, October 2, 1863.

Brigadier-General GARFIELD,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: One of the party I sent to find out the truth of the report in regard to the capture of the trains has returned. He met