Vicksburg Miss Sept 30th 1863.
MAJ GEN'L. W. T. SHERMAN
The Flag of truce has returned, 1 and gives the following summary of news. Genl Rosecrans still occupies Chattanooga, Longstreet Lookout Mountain twelve miles South. Longstreet advanced on Sunday morning but was repulsed. Burnside was coming up, but with what force not known. Our loss was fifty four peices of artillery and from 15 to 20. thousand men killed wounded and missing. Rebels loss about the same. We lost one Genl. Lytle killed & Hood lost a leg, and since reported dead. Rebels lost five or six Generals killed, among them Generals Smith, Helm, Adams, Brown and Gregg, killed. Breckenridge is reported mortally wounded. 2 Johnson received Col Coolbaugh at his quarters in Canton, and communications freely given, his last dispatch which to 8. O clock 28th inst. as he received it. He claims a great victory but says the loss on both sides was great, and about equal. Thus they have no advantage in that respect. Their Papers claim that Wheeler is to the rear of Rosecrans, but Johnson does not know this to be a fact. A large force went out on the 28th to meet ours, sent out by you, Corby [Cosby] undertook to cut ours off, but was repulsed and sent for reinforcements. Jackson afterwards joined him. Our forces are not yet in but I presume are all safe. 3 The Brigade sent east stampeded the enemy completely causing them to send their wagon train back to Pearl River in great disorder. A letter just received from General Hurlbut shows, that he can send you a much less force, than I had expected. 4 What troops you have are