Thursday, September 12, 2013

September 12, 1863: George Thomas reports in

Major General George H. Thomas, U.S. Army

On this day 150 years ago, Union Major General George H. Thomas reported on the position of his command, the XIV Corps of the Union Army of the Cumberland.
Top of Stevens' Gap, September 12, 1863-8.30 p. m.

Major General W. S. ROSECRANS,

Comdg. Dept. of the Cumberland, Chattanooga, Tenn.:

GENERAL: Your dispatch of 10.15 p. m. yesterday, as well as that of 11.30 this morning, is received.

My forces hold the following positions, viz: General Negley on the right, on high ground toward the mountain; General Baird across the road from Stevens' Gap to Dug Gap; General Brannan next on the left; and General Reynolds on the left, one brigade covering Cooper's Gap.

All the information I receive from citizens goes to confirm that a large force is concentrated at La Fayette. The information I have received from General McCook and sent to you at 1 p. m. to-day is confirmatory of information by citizens. The position occupied by my troops is a good and defensible one. It was taken by General Negley yesterday when attacked, as he reports, by the whole of D. H. Hill's corps and a part of Buckner's force, with 2,000 cavalry.

General Brannan and General Baird, with General Brannan's division and one brigade of Baird's division, are now out on a reconnaissance toward Dug Gap to ascertain more positively the position of the enemy as well as his strength, the result of which I will report to you on their return. I have the honor to inclose a copy* of a communication received from General McCook this afternoon.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding.

P. S.-An orderly just returned from General Brannan reports them 1 mile from Dug Gap, having found no enemy.

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