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HEADQUARTERS HILL'S CORPS,

September 21, 1863.- 2 p.m.

Lieutenant-General POLK:

GENERAL: I am in readiness to move in accordance with orders received, but I have as yet got no order to march.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

D. H. HILL,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS RIGHT WING, ARMY OF TENNESSEE,

Near Mission Mills, September 21, 1863-7.20 p.m.

Brigadier-General MACKALL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GENERAL: The head of my column rests at Mission Mills. My own corps is encamped at the mills; the other two corps between the mills and Red House Ford. To-morrow I shall move my column to Shallow Ford. My headquarters are at Dr. Bailey's, near Mission Mills.

Respectfully, general, your obedient servant,

L. POLK,

Lieutenant-General, commanding.

HEADQUARTERS RIGHT WING, ARMY OF TENNESSEE,

In the Field, September 21, 1863.

Major R. M. MASON:

MAJOR: General Polk directs that you move your wagons at once to the forks of the Chickamauga, in the neighborhood of Smith's and Kennedy's stores, along the eastern side of Pea Vine Ridge. You will inform the quartermasters and commissaries of Hill's and Walker's corps to move to the same locality.

Respectfully, major, your obedient servant,

[THOS. M. JACK,]

Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Same to Major J. J. Murphy.)

ON THE ROAD, September 21, 1863.

Lieutenant General L. POLK:

GENERAL: We are within a mile of Rossville. Have been on the point of Missionary Ridge. Can see Chattanooga and everything around. The enemy's trains are leaving, going around the point of Lookout Mountain.

The prisoners captured report two pontoons thrown across for the purpose of retreating. I think they are evacuating as hard as they can go. They are cutting timber down to obstruct our passing. i think we ought to press forward as rapidly as possible.

Respectfully, &c.,

N. B. FORREST,

Brigadier-General.

Please forward to General Bragg.