HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,
Pulaski, October 6, 1864-p. m.
Have communicated your position to Major-General Thomas at Nashville; also to General Rousseau. General R. was to meet General Croxton at Hall's, on old military road, this morning; will probably be near you by time this is delivered. Elk River is impassable; one of your couriers with dispatches reported drowned. Send all the information possible this way, so that General Thomas can be kept fully advised. News as to yourself received from Athens.
JOHN C. STARKWEATHER,
CHATTANOOGA, October 16, 1864.
Commanding DIVISION, Fourteenth Army Corps:
GENERAL: Make your preparations to move as understood last evening, but do not start until further orders. You may have to go to Bridgeport or march up Lookout Valley.
J. M. SCHOFIELD,
CHATTANOOGA, TENN., October 16, 1864-6 p. m.
Have your command in readiness to move at daylight to-morrow morning with all the rations the men can carry in their haversacks. If you march you will take the ammunition train of twenty wagons which was made up this morning. You may move by rail.
By command of Major-General Schofield:
G. M. BASCOM,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.
CHATTANOOGA, TENN., October 16, 1864.
Commanding Second DIVISION, Fourteenth Army Corps:
GENERAL: Major-General Schofield directs me to say that your DIVISION will not move until further orders, probably for some time yet, but he desires it to be held in readiness to move at a moment's notice.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
WM. M. WHERRY,
Major and Aide-de-Camp.