The U.S. War Department published a list of missing regimental & battery reports from the battle of Chickamauga and from the "battles about Chattanooga," along with a plea for copies of such information "in the possession of veterans or their families."
J.B Polley, a member of Hood's brigade who was wounded early in the battle of Chickamaga and removed from the field, wrote prolifically after the war and summed up the situation with, "because of the loss of a leg at Chickamauga, Gen. Hood made no official report.... If Gen. Robertson or the regimental commanders... made reports, they have been lost" (Polley, Hood's Tx. Brigade, 200).
Listed as missing reports for Chickamauga are GA. Inf. units: 1st, 2nd, 8th, 15th, 17th, 20th, 25th, 29th, 30th & 46th; artillery: Howell's Peeples', Wolihan's, Havis' & Massenburg's batteries; cavalry: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th.
Listed as missing reports from the Chattanooga battles are GA. inf.:5th, 25th, 29th, 30th, 34th, 36th 37th, 39th, 40th, 41st, 42nd, 43rd, 47th, 52nd, 56th & 65th as well as 1st Confed. (GA.) Regulars, 2nd GA. Btln S.S., 1st & 4th GA. S.S.; Artillery: Scogin's, Rowan's, Howell's, Dawson's, Havis' & Massenburg's batteries. No GA. cavalry was engaged.
I will gladly help any of you wishing to get such reports into the Chick. Chatt. National Military Park files. It certainly appears that the history of Missionary Ridge was basically reported from only one point of view, doesn't it. Thanks, Joe