War of the Rebellion: Serial 056 Page 0018 KY.,SW.VA.,Tennessee,MISS.,N.ALA., AND N.GA. Chapter XLIII.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Chattanooga, November 2, 1863-4.30 p.m.

General CHARLES CRUFT, Shellmound:

Retain the posts of brigades as now ordered. Establish division headquarters at Bridgeport. Lose in time in obstructing roads into Bridgeport.


Major-General, Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, FOURTH ARMY CORPS, Shellmound, Tennessee, November 2, 1863-7.30 p.m.

Major-General REYNOLDS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report that the division under my command is now in position on the south side of the river as directed in orders from department headquarters, viz; The Third Brigade, Colonel P. S. Post, at Whiteside's; the Second Brigade, Brigadier-General Whitaker, at Shellmound and Nickajak Cove, and the First Brigade, Colonel T. D. Sedgewick, four regiments in position at Bridgeport and the residue en route to headquarters of the division at Shellmound.

Your telegraphic dispatch of October 30 reached me at Whiteside's late yesterday afternoon. A sufficient guard for L. B. Boomer, bridge contractor at Running Water, has been ordered from Colonel Post's brigade.

Most respectfully, your obedient servant,


Brigadier-General, Commanding.

NOVEMBER 2, 1863. [Received 3.30 p.m.]

Brigadier-General GEARY:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you select a position in the pass on the route of your present camp to Kelley's Ford where two regiments can hold the gorge and keep an army at bay. There are such positions on the road. You will prepare this for such a purpose, in the event of your being compelled to retire, which is not anticipated. You will send your trains that way and cover them by two regiments, the balance of your forces joining the left-this preparation to be made after your front is prepared.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Major-General, Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH AND TWELFTH CORPS, Lookout Valley, Tennessee, November 2, 1863.

Maj. Gen. O. O. HOWARD,

Commanding Eleventh Army Corps:

GENERAL: The following general instructions are promulged for the information and government of the troops on the line holding the valley and the Kelley's Ferry road:

All portions of the line that can be rendered impassable by slashing,