holding the other side. The creek is quite shallow there. No report heard from General Steinwehr yet. All seems to be quiet. The enemy's railroad seems, however, to be busy.
CHAS. W. ASMUSSEN,
Chief of Staff.
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,
Near Chattanooga, Tennessee, November 23, 1863.
Brig. General J. C. DAVIS,
GENERAL: General Sherman directs me to say that the he desires you to have your division at the Tennessee River, with the head of the column opposite Chickamauga River, at 6 o'clock to-morrow morning.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. M. SAWYER,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Chattanooga, November 23, 1863-8.30 a.m.
Ascertain if possible the cause of cannonading at Deposit Ferry.
GEO. H. THOMAS,
MAYSVILLE, November 23, 1863.
Chief of Staff:
Colonel Robie, stationed at Paint Rock, reports having sent a small party to Tennessee River, who returned and reported about 50 rebel cavalry and 100 infantry on this side of the river. They crossed at Deposit. They say nothing of any cannonading. I have sent a party from here to ascertain all about the cannonading.
CHATTANOOGA, November 23, 1863.
Brig. General O. B. WILLCOX,
Your dispatch just received. Leave force enough in Cumberland Gap to hold it, and if you cannot move to Abingdon and Saltville with your cavalry and mounted infantry, fall back until you can supply yourself. We want to hold all the territory possible and be prepared to advance and retake that already abandoned.
U. S. GRANT,