fords had been uncovered and our entire army passed over.
This plan was frustrated, according to report, by a counter movement which is explained in the following order of the Federal General Thomas.
This order was found upon the person of Adj't Gen. Mubleman, of Gen. Palmer's staff, who subsequently fell into our hands.
Headq'rs 14th Army Corps,Near McDaniel's House,Sept. 19, 1863--9 A. M. Major-General Palmer:
The rebels are reported in quite heavy force between you and Alexander Mill.
If you advance as soon as possible on them in front, while I attack them in flank, I think we can use them up. Respectfully, your ob't serv't, Geo. H. Thomas, Major-Gen'l Jr. Commanding.
This was Saturday morning. The counter attack upon the front and flank of our flanking column was made with vigor soon after it had crossed the river, and in accordance with the plan suggested by Gen. Thomas, and if not entirely successful, it was sufficiently so to disarrange our plans a