War of the Rebellion: Serial 053 Page 0696 KY.,SW.VA.,TENN.,MISS.,N.ALA.,AND N.GA. Chapter XLII.

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MERIDIAN, September 23, 1863.

Major-General LEE,

Canton:

A dispatch of General Mackall, General Bragg's chief of staff, dated yesterday, informed me that at its date the enemy was burning Chattanooga and crossing the Tennessee. I go to-morrow via Clinton.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

(Same to Brigadier-General Ruggles and Lieutenant-General Hardee.)

MERIDIAN, September 23, 1863.

General BRAGG,

Chickamauga:

I congratulate you most cordially upon your glorious achievement. The value of your success is inestimable.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

MISSIONARY RIDGE,

Dyer's Mill Road, September 23, 1863-7.30 p.m.

General POLK:

GENERAL: I can discover two lines of battle and two works of the enemy on the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad, and distant from town about 1 1/2 miles. These lines are protected by rifle-pits and extend across the railroad. The enemy are still intrenching at the same point. Behind their second line I can see parks of artillery and ordnance stores. Large columns of dust can be seen extending from the enemy's line of battle to the ferry at foot of Main street. Cannot discover what causes it.

Respectfully,

OTEY,

Lieutenant.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS POLK'S CORPS,

No. 192. Mission Mills, September 23, 1863.

The lieutenant-general commanding resumes command of his corps.

By command of Lieutenant-General Polk:

[T. M. JACK,]

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF TENNESSEE,

Near Chattanooga, Tenn., September 23, 1863.

[General POLK:]

The enemy are reported advancing. The general commanding directs that you move up your command promptly and form, with your left connecting with Longstreet's right, ont he road leading from Crutchfield's house across Missionary Ridge.

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

KINLOCH FALCONER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.