War of the Rebellion: Serial 053 Page 0093 Chapter XLII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.- UNION.

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teries with the divisions of your corps. The portion of your command that has gone on to Bridgeport has been directed to return to this point. As soon as any maps can be obtained you will be supplied.

The general desires you to take command of all the troops on the line indicated by the dispatch inclosed, unless otherwise ordered by competent authority. As soon as a division of General Howard's command can be brought back here the line assigned to you will be shortened to some point between here and Decherd. Inclosed is a memoranda hastily compiled from the best present sources of information of the troops stationed on the line assigned to you.

The general directs that you have examined all the bridges on the route, all approaches [roads, trails, &c.] to the road, pickets thrown well out, positions selected for defensive purposes, and everything arranged for the proper performance of this duty. The troops of your command here and at Bridgeport have been ordered to return to Decherd.

We shall probably be without transportation until the arrival of the wagons from Nashville. Headquarters will be at this point for the present. The general directs that you require all the troops along the line to stay in camp and be ready to spring to arms at short notice.

Please report where your headquarters are. Report any useful information promptly by telegraph.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

STEVENSON, October 4, 1863.

Brigadier-General GARFIELD,

Chief of Staff, Chattanooga:

We are entirely without maps, and all unacquainted with the country. Please send us maps for corps, division, and brigade commanders. Colonel Goddard has our organization and strength.

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

STEVENSON, October 4, 1863.

Colonel INNES,

Military Superintendent, Nashville.

The movements of the trains will be left entirely to you, and not interfered with. If any trains are going from here, or passing, will send the troops by them.

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

GENERAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS 11TH AND 12TH CORPS,

No. 2. Stevenson, Ala., October 4, 1863.

In compliance with the orders of Major-General Rosecrans, the undersigned assumes command of this district. The Twelfth Corps,