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HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, TWELFTH ARMY CORPS,

Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, November 24, 1863-2.45 p.m.

Major General D. BUTTERFIELD,

Chief of Staff, Eleventh and Twelfth Army Corps:

GENERAL: We are pressed heavily, and need re-enforcements. We must have ammunition. I have sent for some, but it does not come. My rear should be well looked to.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNumbers W. GEARY,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

SIGNAL STATION,

November 24, 1863.

General HOOKER:

Do you want any help?

J. M. PALMER,

Major-General.

NOVEMBER 24, [1863]

General PALMER:

Can hold the line I am now; can't advance. Some of my troops out of ammunition; can't replenish.

HOOKER,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH AND TWELFTH CORPS,

Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, November 24, 1863-4 p.m.

Brigadier-General GEARY,

Commanding Division:

After the fog lifts I except to descend into the valley, unless I receive orders to the contrary. The force I have there now should be able to hold it until that time. Our communications on the left with Chattanooga is established. In all probability the enemy will evacuate to-night. His line of retreat is seriously threatened by my troops.

Very respectfully,

JOSEPH HOOKER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH AND TWELFTH CORPS,

Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, November 24, 1863-4.50 p.m.

Brigadier-General GEARY,

Commanding Division: I congratulate you and your command on their glorious achievements of to-day. As the upper part of the line is most exposed, it has been stiffened with re-enforcements. As every inch of ground