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rce, and it was beyond the power of the troops there to do more than to secure the road communicating with the top of the mountain until the general commanding the army could decide whether he would reinforce them sufficiently to hold the line or abandon it. His decision I have already given.
The mountain was held till 2 o'clock of the next morning, and the troops, artillery and trains were withdrawn in order to the eastern side of Chattanooga creek.
Report of General E. C. WalthallATLANTA, Georgia, December 13, 1863. Major James D. Porter, Jr., A. A. G., Cheatham's Division:
Major — I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by my command in the affair on Lookout mountain, 24th November, 1863.
About dark, on the evening of the 23d, I received orders from Brigadier-General Commanding to hold my command in readiness to move at a moment's notice, and, late in the night, to have three days rations prepared; but in view of the movements of the enemy on the