War of the Rebellion: Serial 057 Page 0450 KY.,SW.VA.,TENN.,MISS.,ALA., AND N.GA. Chapter XLIV.

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TUNNEL HILL, GA., February 23, 1864.

General THOMAS:

General Cruft reports himself going into camp at Catoosa Creek, 3 miles from the Platform; closed on Baird. Colonel Boone reports 10 miles south of Ringgold; came into Ringgold the same time our infantry reconnaissance did, capturing 9 prisoners. Colonel Long reports on Spring Place road, 3 1/2 miles from Dalton; drove one infantry regiment out of their quarters; captured 12 prisoners. He thinks the enemy is leaving Dalton.

WM. D. WHIPPLE,

Brigadier-General and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, February 24, 1864.

General PALMER:

If you succeed in driving the enemy from Dalton, send back all the wagons you can spare at once, so that I can have them loaded with provisions and forage, and follow your command.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, Commanding.

TUNNEL HILL, GA., February 24, 1864-4.25 p.m.

General THOMAS:

Your dispatch received. We have just gained possession of Tunnel Hill; small loss.

WM. D. WHIPPLE,

Brigadier-General and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Chattanooga, February 24, 1864.

General WHIPPLE:

Just received a dispatch from General Grant. He wishes the enemy pushed as much as possible. Say [so] to General Palmer. I will try to get out to you to-morrow and bring some forage. Send me all information you get to-day as soon as possible, so that I can telegraph to General Grant.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, Commanding.

TUNNEL HILL, GA., February 24, 1864-midnight. [Received Feb. 25, 3 a.m.]

General THOMAS:

Yours received at 3 p.m. to this place. Davis' division is now at Buzzard Roost confronting enemy, who has taken strong position. Lost to-day 2 killed and 10 or 12 wounded. Some fighting this evening on the Cleveland road, where Grose is. No report from them. Enemy in our immediate front, about 2 miles, with three batteries of artillery. All goes on very well. Have dispatched fully by courier.

WHIPPLE.