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HEADQUARTERS NINETY-SECOND ILLINOIS VOLUNTEERS, Harrison's Landing, Tenn., October 16, 1863-10 a.m.

ColonelC. GODDARD,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Dept.of the Cumberland:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report all quiet this morning. The river is too deep to be fordable.

The pickets last evening opposite here said that Jeff. Davis was still at Mission Rige.

I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

SMITH D. ATKINS,

Colonel Ninety-second Illinois Volunteers, Wilder's Brigade.

HEADQUARTERS, Harrison's Landing, Tenn., October 16, 1863-4 p.m.

Colonel C. GODDARD,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Dept.of the Cumberland:

COLONEL: Afternoon reports in from all along the river, from ford 2 miles below Nelson's Ferry, connecting with ColonelDaniel McCook, to Thatcher's Ford, connecting with Brig. General J. G. Spears, 25 miles, and all quiet. Quite a body of the enemy's cavalry were observed this afternoon to ride on to a hill back of Penny's Ford, overlooking it; they remained only a short time. The enemy's picket post immediately opposite Dallas was withdrawn this a.m. at about 6 o'clock. Fording difficult at Penny's and said by citizens to be not fordable elsewhere on my line; river rising slightly.

Most respectfully, your obedient servant,

SMITH D. ATKINS,

Colonel Ninety-second Illinois Volunteers.

HEADQUARTERS NINETY-SECOND ILLINOIS VOLUNTEERS, Harrison's Landing, Tenn., October 16, 1863-10 p.m.

ColonelC. GODDARD,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Dept.of the Cumberland:

COLONEL: It is just reported to me that noises indicate that the enemy are crossing with a boat on the island opposite and below Dallas. It is about 10 rods, and not fordable from the island to the mainland this side. I do not anticipate a crossing in force, but have re-enforced the picket there with one company, and have two companies in reserve, and will be on the alert.

Most obediently,

SMITH D. ATKINS,

Colonel Ninety-second Illinois Volunteers.

HDQRS. EIGHTEENTH KENTUCKY VOLUNTEER INFANTRY, Camp near William's Island, October 16, 1863.

Major WILLIAM McMICHAEL,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Dept. of the Cumberland:

MAJOR: I have the honor to report that the telegraph wire was broken 1 mile below the mouth of Big Suck Creek - cause, a tree to