War of the Rebellion: Serial 053 Page 0456 KY.,SW.VA.,TENN.,MISS.,N.ALA., AND N.GA. Chapter XLII.

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Boats [for] a second under way. Roads horrid. Forage and animals failing. Great efforts making to supply deficiencies. Rumored fighting of General Burnside's command, 60 miles north of Knoxville. Weather unsettled. No news from Sherman.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Chattanooga, October 18, 1863-12 m.

(Received 11.30 p.m., 19th.)

General MEIGS

Yours of 16th received. Some of the suggestions had been acted on; all are timely. We must have some horses for our trains and cavalry. Relays will be necessary to maintain our position here. It will require a very great effort. The road will be heavily taxed, and all that can should come by land; our cavalry can escort them. Part of cavalry now near Decherd.

ROSECRANS.

CHATTANOOGA, October 18, 1863-7.30 p.m.

General GEORGE G. MEADE:

GENERAL: Please ask Colonel Sharpe to advise me of rebel movements affecting us here.

ROSECRANS,

Major-General.

OCTOBER 18, 1863.

Major-General ROSECRANS,

Commanding Department of the Cumberland:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report the bridge finished and ready for crossing.

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

GEO. W. DRESSER,

First Lieutenant, Fourth Artillery, U. S. Army.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Chattanooga, October 18, 1863.

Colonel INNES,

Nashville:

I regret to learn you have had collision and damaged two engines. You must draw the strings of discipline tight. Cut off heads with severity. Lock your cars and stop stealing on the road. Through freights from Louisville are indispensable. Any authority or orders that may be required from here will be given.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Major-General.