of scouts, reports seeing a large number of troops passing around the point of Lookout Mountain into the valley. Also stating his impression of an intention to attack the position of the Eleventh Corps to-night.
Could these troops move around as stated above without being known to you from your lookouts in Chattanooga and on the north bank of the river? Will you please advise me if you have any such reports from any of your signal stations or points of observation?
HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH AND TWELFTH CORPS, Lookout Valley, Tennessee, November 1, 1863-8.40 p.m.
The major-general commanding directs that you hold one brigade of your command in readiness to spring with alacrity to the assistance and support of the Eleventh Corps in case of an attack on their position to the left of your line and near the railroad and Chattanooga road crossing.
He directs also that you instruct General Whitaker or Colonel Mitchell not to move his command from its present position near your camp, but to hold the brigade now there in readiness to move promptly at daylight [as ordered above for your brigade], in case of an attack, to the support of General Howard's corps.
Please acknowledge receipt of this and of its being communicated to Colonel Mitchell or General Whitaker's command.
Very respectfully, &c.,
Major-General, Chief of Staff.
TRENTON VALLEY, November 1, 1863-10,25 p.m.
Have any unusual movements of the enemy been seen to-day from Chattanooga? Any troops moving around Lookout into valley?
DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, November 1, 1863-11 p.m.
No unusual movement to-day. Nothing at all around Lookout Mountain into valley.
J. J. REYNOLDS,