War of the Rebellion: Serial 053 Page 0281 Chapter XLII. CORRESPONDENCE,ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Chattanooga, October 11, 1863-7 p.m.

Colonel W. P. INNES,

Superintendent of Railroads, Nashville:

Ship the tools for the use of the army as soon as practicable.

J. A. GARFIELD,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

SECOND COURIER STATION, October 11, 1863.

Lieutenant M. J. KELLY,

Chief of Couriers, Chattanooga, Tenn.:

LIEUTENANT:It is impossible to send any more dispatches through until the rebels are driven from the river banks. They are all along the river for about 1 1/2 miles. Dispatch will have to lie over until dark.

Respectfully,

JOHN W. FORRESTER,

Captain, Commanding Courier-Line.

STATION No. 3,

Walden's Ridge, October 11, 1863.

Captain MERRILL:

The rebels are firing from the opposite side of the river into our train. They number about 300.

BERRY.

CAMERON'S HILL, October 11, 1863-10 a.m.

Captain MERRILL:

Very heavy columns of smoke at Rossville, with a small column in gap behind that place. Also heavy smoke southeast at foot of ridge, and a small column in woods 20 degrees north of east, about 2 miles distant.

HOWGATE,

Lieutenant and Acting Signal Officer.

WALDEN'S RIDGE, October 11, 1863-10.15 a.m.

Captain MERRILL:

The train passed the Narrows all right. No firing this a.m.

JONES,

Acting Signal Officer.

CRANE'S HILL, October 11, 1863-10.30 a.m.

Captain MERRILL:

The rebels are on river a little southeast of Fort Dunlap. They are gone.

FORAKER,

Acting Signal Officer.