War of the Rebellion: Serial 055 Page 0119 Chapter XLIII. THE CHATTANOOGA-RINGGOLD CAMPAIGN.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, November 26, 1863-1 p.m.

Major-General HOOKER:

General Thomas approves your suggestions, and directs that you push on to Graysville. General Palmer is ordered to report to you and support you.

Very respectfully,

J. J. [REYNOLDS].

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, November 26, 1863-1 p.m.

Major-General PALMER:

You will report to General Hooker, and co-operate with him in his movement on Graysville. You will move with Baird's division and Johnson's, except the brigade in the fort.

By command of General Thomas:

J. J. REYNOLDS,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

NOVEMBER 26, 1863-1.45 p.m.

General GRANGER:

The general commanding directs me to say to you that it is General Grant's order that you complete your preparations for the Knoxville expedition as soon as possible.

WM. D. WHIPPLE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH AND TWELFTH CORPS, Near Pea Vine Creek, Ga.,

November 26, 1863-10 p.m.

Major-General REYNOLDS,

Chief of Staff, Chattanooga:

We have reached a ridge said to be 2 1/2 miles from Ringgold. General Palmer led the column, and captured three pieces of artillery complete near the ridge, where we now are, where we struck the rear of enemy's column. His [Palmer's] advance is at Graysville. We are informed that it was the rear of Hardee's command, composing the Left Wing of Bragg's army. If not otherwise directed, I shall move on Ringgold at daylight. Subsequent movements will depend upon what I learn there.

Very respectfully,

JOSEPH HOOKER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Graysville, November 27, 1863-6.30 a.m.

General JOSEPH J. REYNOLDS:

With Johnson's division last night surprised General Stewart, took three guns [Napoleon], two caissons, and many prisoners. Surprise complete. I send prisoners and artillery in this morning.

Here we took an additional gun.

J. M. PALMER,

Major-General.