War of the Rebellion: Serial 055 Page 0337 Chapter XLIII. THE CHATTANOOGA-RINGGOLD CAMPAIGN.

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HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH AND TWELFTH CORPS,

Chickamauga Creek, Ga., November 26, 1863-1.40 p.m.

Major-General HOOKER:

Major-General Palmer is here at head of column with brigade and division. Bridge destroyed. No pioneers here. If the pontoons are coming, hurry them up. Graysville, 3 1/2 miles. I fear two hours' delay, if not more.

Very respectfully,

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General, Chief of Staff,

HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH AND TWELFTH CORPS,

Near Pea Vine Creek, November 26, 1863-10 p.m.

Brigadier-General OSTERHAUS,

Commanding Division:

The troops will be held in readiness to march in the direction of Ringgold at daylight to-morrow. Have your column ready. General Osterhaus will have the advance, followed by General Geary; General Cruft in rear. General Palmer will move from Graysville along the railroad, in the direction of Ringgold, at daylight, using his discretion as to leaving any force at Graysville, being governed by any information he may obtain before his march.

By command of Major-General Hooker:

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH AND TWELFTH CORPS,

Ringgold, Ga., November 27, 1863-3.40 p.m.

Brigadier-General CRUFT,

Commanding Division:

General Hooker directs that you send a brigade to Tunnel Hill.

Reports state enemy's wagon train stalled beyond here in that direction. By energetic movement your brigade may make important captures. Though not intended to bring on an engagement, the force should, if possible, convey to the enemy an impression of pursuit. Let the commanding officer report promptly and frequently to these headquarters what is passing in front, and remain out until further orders. Let them move promptly.

Very respectfully,

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH AND TWELFTH CORPS,

Ringgold, Ga., November 28, 1863-7.15 a.m.

Major-General PALMER,

Commanding:

General Hooker directs that you send at once a brigade to thoroughly and effectually destroy the two railroad bridges between here

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