War of the Rebellion: Serial 053 Page 0141 Chapter XLII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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[Indorsement.]

Lieutenant-Colonel HENDERSON,

Thirty-third Indiana:

Get your artillery ready to march, if required, at short notice to join us, with ammunition and everything in shape. It may not be required, but have it ready-forage and rations for three days.

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General.

STEVENSON., October 6, 1863-2 a.m.

Major-General HOWARD,

Bridgeport:

Have four guns ready to move up here at daylight to take the place of four pieces here in redoubt. To come by rail with ammunition-chests only, in addition to pieces, with that portion necessary to move it to the redoubt from the train.

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

STEVENSON, October 6 1863-6.30 a.m.

Major-General HOWARD,

Bridgeport:

Major-General Hooker desires to know whether your horses have arrived, so that you can march either of your batteries.

JAMES D. FESSENDEN,

Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.

STEVENSON, October 6, 1863-8.25 a.m.

Major-General HOWARD,

Bridgeport:

Send the battery to this place as soon as possible; they must march; no train can be furnished. Make but one pontoon bridge across the river at present, and for that select the best crossing. We must not rely on our trestles; therefore use the pontoons instead. Let all the pontoons not required for one bridge be collected together and put in condition for immediate use. Please see that all the lumber used in the trestle bridge is preserved.

JOSEPH HOOKER,

Major-General, Commanding.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington City, October 6, 1863-8 p.m.

Brigadier General M. C. MEIGS,

Quartermaster-General, Nashville or Chattanooga:

You will please make a careful examination into the conduct of Colonel Innes, superintendent of railroad transportation, since he