War of the Rebellion: Serial 053 Page 0134 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., N. ALA. AND N. GA. Chapter XLII.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Chattanooga, Tenn., October 6, 1863.

Colonel L. D. WATKINS:

The general commanding directs that, inasmuch as the greater portion of the Second Michigan and Fifth Kentucky Cavalry have gone in pursuit of Wheeler, you send another battalion to strengthen the patrol along the river now guarded by Second Battalion, Fourth Michigan Cavalry.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

D. G. SWAIM

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Chattanooga, Tenn., October 6, 1863.

Captain B. P. WELLS,

Comdg. Second Battalion, Second Michigan Cavalry:

The general commanding directs that you patrol the river bank up to Kelly's Ferry and station a small guard at that point. Colonel Watkins has been directed to send you another battalion for this purpose. You are directed to obey any orders from Colonel Watkins. Conceal your men well.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

D. G. SWAIM,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. 2nd BATTALION, 2nd MICHIGAN CAVALRY,

Rankin's Ferry, October 6, 1863.

Major W. H. SINCLAIR,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

MAJOR: I have the honor to report everything here all quiet, and as reported yesterday. Pickets of the enemy seen daily on the opposite side.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. P. WELLS,

Captain Second Michigan Cavalry, Commanding Battalion.

STEVENSON, October 6, 1863-10 a.m.

Brigadier-General GARFIELD,

Chief of Staff, Chattanooga:

GENERAL: Telegram from Tullahoma, from Colonel Coburn, this morning informs me that the commands at Shelbyville and Wartrace have been driven in by the rebel raiders, and are now on Duck Creek. He reports that General Wheeler's entire force is in that district, with twelve to twenty-four pieces of artillery. He writes as if in a state of excitement as well as the troops about him. The senior officers of the Twelfth Corps appear to have been severed from their commands by the raiders, and accordingly I have dispatched General Butterfield to assume command of all the troops in that