August 17, 1863: Maybe Bragg is going to defend Chattanooga after all.

Brig. Gen. James Garfield
Brig. Gen. James Garfield

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Sheridan forwards some interesting intel to brig. gen. Garfield. Contrary to rumors, it looks like Bragg may not be ready to abandon Chattanooga.

Official Records:


STEVENSON, August 17, 1863-7.45 p.m.
Brigadier General J. A. GARFIELD:

The following dispatch is just received from General Lytle, at Bridgeport:

Major General P. H. SHERIDAN:

Holmes, the man at Island Creek Ferry, called over a soldier from rebel picket to-day and conversed with him. Two of my officers, hid in the thick canebrake within a few feet, heard conversation. Rebel soldier said they were determined to hold Chattanooga; that re-enforcements had come to Chattanooga from Johnston’s army and Atlanta; that part of Johnston’s army had gone to Mobile; that 500 men from Chattanooga had re-enforced Patton Anderson this morning. I have about 150 men watching ferry to-night, hoping to catch Gunther.

W. H. LYTLE,
Brigadier-General.

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