of Thedford's, and is now moving Preston's division on Hunt's Ford, 1 mile below the mill. General B. will commence crossing as soon as he is notified that General Walker is ready. General Walker has some opposition, but we hear that he is about ready to move.
NEAR THEDFORD'S FORD,
September 18, 1863-5 p.m.
GENERAL: I still quietly hold this ford. General Walker, on my right, after a brisk skirmish, took the position at the bridge (Alexander's) below here, but found it destroyed by the enemy. he is now moving to Byram's Ford, below that bridge about 1 1/2 miles. He cannot get in position before dark. He will await there orders from General Bragg.
S. B. BUCKNER,
(Same to General Cheatham.)
Near Rock Spring, September 18, 1863-9 a.m.
Learning that you have received orders from General Hindman to move with his column, and that you have from some cause or other failed to join that column, the lieutenant-general commanding now directs you in any event to follow General Cheatham's column on the Long Hollow road in the direction of Gordon's Mills.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
T. M. JACK,
HEADQUARTERS POLK'S CORPS,
Henderson's House, September 18, 1863-5.30 p.m.
GENERAL: I am instructed by General Polk to say that he has occasion for the services of the whole of Armstrong's command, which has been ordered to report to him, including colonel Wheeler's command. As you are amply covered by General Wheeler's corps of cavalry, he does not feel at liberty to release any part of General Armstrong's command.
Respectfully, general, your obedient servant,
[THOS. M. JACK,]