HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,
Lexington, Ky., September 8, 1863.
Forty-eighth Pennsylvania Volunteers, Commanding Post at Lexington:
COLONEL: You will please have your regiment ready to take train for Nicholasville, which will bring the Seventh Rhode Island to relieve you from that place to-morrow morning. Your detachment at Paris will also in like manner take the return train which carries the Ninth New Hampshire to that place.
By command of Brigadier General Robert B. Potter:
Nashville, September 8, 1863.
The Eightieth Illinois left here for Bridgeport this morning. It is under your orders for the present. It has better guard the railroad from Tantalon south. Push all of McCook's brigade not required in the vicinity of Stevenson to Bridgeport. The Eighteenth Michigan is already there. Hurry Steedman's two brigades to the same point. Will be down to-morrow.
Nashville, September 9, 1863.
COMMANDING OFFICER AT STEVENSON:
Reliable information has been received that the railroad is threatened by guerrillas. You must be wide awake and provide against any disaster. Acknowledge the receipt of this order.
HEADQUARTERS NINETY-SECOND ILLINOIS VOLUNTEERS,
Chattanooga, September 9, 1863-11 a. m.
MAJOR: We had a little skirmish on the mountain, but now hold Chattanooga. My stand of colors was the first to float over the town. A complete evacuation. Columns of dust showed them going south. Two companies of my regiment are pressing after them, and I will likely take my command up the river to gobblek a little stand squad said to be there.
SMITH D. ATKINS,
Colonel Ninety-second Illinois.
HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIRST ARMY CORPS,
Chatanooga, September 10, 1863-2 a. m.
Commanding Forces on other side of River:
SIR: The general commanding directs that your order Colonel Minty to cross at once at the best ford and join Colonel Wilder. He also