HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
September 20, 1863.
Brig. Gen. R. B. MITCHELL,
GENERAL: With your entire cavalry force adhere close to General McCook's right, sending patrols with all the wagon trains to the rear. You will defend the hospitals at all hazards. Cover also the closing up of Post's brigade, now on its march to join the main army. The general is dissatisfied that you do not report oftener.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. A. GARFIELD,
Brigadier-General, Chief of Staff.
Official Records, Series 1, Vol. 30, Pt. 1 [Reports], Chp. 42 ["The Chickamauga Campaign"], 137 [Garfield to Mitchell].
Report of General Mitchell (Rept. no. 214), in which he says that he was ordered to hold Crawfish Spring (during the Battle of Chickamauga). October 3, 1863.
Report No. 214.
Report of Brig. Gen. Robert B. Mitchell, U. S. Army, Chief of Cavalry.
Headquarters, Chief of Cavalry,
Island Ferry, October 3, 1863.
[Quoted segment, relevant to Crawfish Spring]:
About 3 p. m. I received verbal orders from an orderly from General McCook to fall back, as our right had been turned. Not deeming an order of so important a nature as that, coming in such a manner, valid, I did not move, as I had been ordered in the morning to hold Crawfish Spring at all hazards, but sent staff officers to ascertain the position of affairs, and, if possible, communicate with either General McCook or Rosecrans. From them I learned that our right had been driven round and that everything on the right was moving toward Chattanooga up Chattanooga Valley."
[End of quoted segment]:
Official Records, Series 1, Vol. 30, Pt. 1 [Reports], Chp. , 893 [Report No. 214, Gen. Robt. B. Mitchell, 890-894]
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OFFICIAL RECORDS, SERIES I, VOLUME XXX, PART I - REPORTS.
Official Records, Series 1, Vol. 30, Pt. 1 [Reports].
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TITLE: The war of the rebellion: a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies. / Series 1 - Volume 30 (Part I)
AUTHOR: United States. War Dept., John Sheldon Moody, Calvin Duvall Cowles, Frederick Caryton Ainsworth, Robert N. Scott, Henry Martyn Lazelle, George Breckenridge Davis, Leslie J. Perry, Joseph William Kirkley
PUBLISHER: Govt. Print. Off., Washington, 1890
Battle of Chickamauga dates: Sept. 19, 1863 and Sept. 20, 1863 (main battle).
Related, this blog: Chickamauga