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[55] Gordon's mills. Our movement having thus failed in its justly anticipated results, it was determined to turn upon the third corps of the enemy, approaching us from the direction of Chattanooga. The forces were accordingly withdrawn to Lafayette, and Polk's and Walker's corps were moved immediately in the direction of Lee and Gordon's mills. The one corps of the enemy in this direction was known to be divided—one division having been sent to Ringgold. Upon learning the dispositions of the enemy from our cavalry commander in that direction, on the afternoon of the 12th Lieutenant-General Polk, commanding the advance forces, was directed in the following note:

headquarters Army of Tennessee, Lafayette, Ga., 6 P. M., Sept. 12th.
Lieutenant-General Polk:
General,—I enclose you a dispatch from General Pegram. This presents you a fine opportunity of striking Crittenden in detail, and I hope you will avail yourself of it at daylight to morrow. This division crushed, and the others are yours. We can then turn on the force in the cove. Wheeler's cavalry will move on Wilder so as to cover your right. I shall be delighted to hear of your success.

Very truly yours,


To attack at daylight on the 13th. Upon further information the order was renewed in two notes, at later hours of the same day as follows:

headquarters Army of Tennessee, Lafayette, Ga., 6 P. M., Sept 12th, 1863.
Lieutenant-General Polk, Commanding Corps:
General,—I enclose you a dispatch marked ‘A,’ and I now give you the orders of the Commanding General, viz: to attack at day-dawn to-morrow the column reported in said dispatch, at three-quarters of a mile beyond Peavine Church, on the road to Graysville, from Lafayette.

I am, General, etc.,

George W. Brent, Assistant Adjutant-General.



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