War of the Rebellion: Serial 056 Page 0005 Chapter XLIII. CORRESPONDENCE,ETC.-UNION.

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NOVEMBER 1, 1863. [Received 3 p.m.]

Major-General THOMAS:

I have waited for six hours at the pontoon bridge, and am now crossing. By this delay I cannot reach Shellmound until to-morrow evening.

W. C. WHITAKER,

Brigadier-General.

NOVEMBER 1, 1863-3 p.m.

Major-General THOMAS:

The firing is from a rebel battery on the west side of Lookout about a mile from the point.

Respectfully submitted.

JESSE MERRILL,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer.

HDQRS. THIRD BRIG., SECOND DIV., 14th ARMY CORPS, North Chickamauga, November 1, 1863.

Major-General REYNOLDS,

Chief of Staff:

I have the honor to report an unusual activity among the rebel railroad trains, beginning at 3 a.m. this morning and continuing all day.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

DANL. McCOOK,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

NOVEMBER 1, 1863.

Major-General REYNOLDS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The officer at Fort Dunlap [in front of our left] reports that just before dark an unarmed working party with axes marched to our right of the Bald Knob opposite the fort, and were scattered about in the woods at dark. One gun and four limbers can be seen in the earth-works southeast of the fort in which the heavy gun was formerly.

Respectfully submitted.

JESSE MERRILL,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer.

HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH AND TWELFTH CORPS, Lookout Valley, Tennessee, November 1, 1863-6.20 p.m.

Major-General REYNOLDS,

Chief of Staff, Chattanooga:

I have just received report from Brigadier-General Geary that Lieutenant-Colonel Crane, who has been out since noon with a party