HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF TENNESSEE,
Field of Chickamauga, September 22, 1864.
It has pleased Almighty God to reward the valor and endurance of our troops by giving to our arms a complete victory over the enemy's superior numbers. Homage is due and is rendered unto Him who giveth not the battle to the strong.
Soldiers, after two days of severe battle, preceded by heavy and important outpost affairs, you have stormed the barricades and breastworks of the enemy, and driven before you in confusion and disorder an army largely superior in numbers, and whose constant theme was your demoralization and whose constant boast was your defeat. Your patient endurance under privations, your fortitude and your valor, displayed at all times and under all trials, have been meetly rewarded. Your commander acknowledges his obligations, and promises to you in advance the country's gratitude. But your task is not ended. We must drop a soldier's tear upon the graves of the noble men who have fallen by our sides and move forward. Much has been accomplished. More remains to be done before we can enjoy the blessings of peace and freedom.
There won't be much fighting over the next 2 months. During this period, Cleburne’s Division will remain in its position 3 miles from the north end of the Confederate line. In the course of the ensuing weeks, the troops will undergo severe hardships, including exposure to rain and cold, because of the shortage of tents, blankets, and shoes.
On the other side of the battle line, by today's date in 1863, Rosecrans had withdrawn his temporary outer defensive lines to a 3/4-mile semicircle around the perimeter of Chattanooga. At its deepest point the defenses extended more than 2 miles inland from the Tennessee River. Rosecrans is preparing to defend against a frontal attack.