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HDQRS. IN THE FIELD, 4TH DIV., 15TH ARMY CORPS,

Trenton, November 19, 1863.

Colonel LOOMIS,

Commanding First Brigade:

COLONEL: Demonstrate with your command in the morning by sending two detachments, a regiment each, to reconnoiter the base of Lookout and feel for passes. Keep them in reach, however.

Respectfully,

HUGH EWING,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS IN THE FIELD, FOURTH DIVISION,

Trenton, Ga., November 20, 18633.

Major-General SHERMAN,

Commanding Department and Army:

GENERAL: The brigades of Brown, Liddell, and Cumming, Stevenson's division, cover about all the troops on Lookout, from one end to the other, as far as I can learn. Corse has full possession of the top of the mountain at his end. Do you want it held if they try to recover it in any force? I will not send up artillery unless ordered.

Respectfully,

HUGH EWING,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Trenton, Ga., November 20, 1863.

Major-General SHERMAN,

Commanding Department and Army:

GENERAL: Our pickets camped on the summit of Lookout at Johnson's Crook Gap last night, and mounted scouts felt out over the mountain, but as heard from found no enemy. Corse drove a few up the mountain last evening. Loomis camped 5 miles above Trenton at the iron-works. Cockerill moved down to the Nickajack trace, a few miles below here, and drove a few cavalry up the trace. The enemy were watching us all day yesterday from Lookout. They have a force, said to be two brigades, on the top of