War of the Rebellion: Serial 053 Page 0084 KY.,SW.VA.,TENN.,MISS.,N.ALA., AND N.GA. Chapter XLII.

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ridge at unpainted house east of this fort moved down the west side of the ridge, leaving the crest at the right corner of fence around the house where headquarters are supposed to be. This morning a heavy column of infantry came into view at unpainted house and moved along crest in the same direction. A very heavy column of infantry are now moving to our left from a point of timber southeast of fort. They are moving about midway along the side of the ridge. The camp-fires of the enemy last night were much increased. At fortifications southeast of this fort they were more numerous than at any other point. Along the foot of the ridge there were appearances of camp-fires extending farther to the left than I have ever seen them, and opposite the left of General Van Cleve's division.

Respectfully,

L. M. DE MOTTE,

Lieutenant and Acting Signal Officer.

TULLAHOMA, October 4, 1863-7 p.m.

Major-General ROSECRANS, Chattanooga:

A paroled prisoner informs me this moment General Wheeler and his division captured McMinnville yesterday. He had artillery and a large cavalry force. His men said they were going to Murfreesborough.

JOHN COBURN,

Colonel, Commanding.

[Same to Major General G. Granger.]

TULLAHOMA, October 4, 1863-7 a.m.

Major General G. GRANGER:

McMinnville is captured by the rebels; train burned; numbers estimated at 4,000.

They are advancing on Manchester.

JOHN COBURN,

Colonel.

[Same to General Morgan.]

STEVENSON, October 4, 1863-11.30 a.m.

Lieutenant-Colonel GODDARD,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Dispatch just received from Colonel Coburn that the rebels captured McMinnville and advancing on Manchester. General Hooker has ordered some of his command along the line to cover threatened point.

JAS. D. MORGAN,

Brigadier-General.