September 12, 1863: Rebels concentrating at La Fayette

Gen. George Thomas
Gen. George Thomas

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It’s become apparent that Bragg has not fled to Atlanta, but in fact has some designs on an attack on Rosecrans’ vulnerable army. Thomas is in the thick of it, and Garfield is trying to reinforce him.

Official Records:


HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Chattanooga, September 12, 1863-11.45 a. m.
Major-General GRANGER,
Bridgeport, Ala.:

The enemy has concentrated in vicinity of La Fayette and attacked one of General Thomas’ columns yesterday, between Dug and Stevens’ Gaps, with superior force. We are concentrating the army to support General Thomas and fight a general battle. Send an order to General Ling to hasten his march and join General Thomas at the earliest possible moment by way of Stevens’ Gap. Come to this place immediately with Steedman’s division. Move in light marching order by the shortest route, and direct your trains to follow. If all reports are true, we have not a moment to lose. The Shellmound brigade (McCook’s) should move at once.

J. A. GARFIELD,
Brigadier-General, Chief of Staff.

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