War of the Rebellion: Serial 025 Page 0432 WEST TENN. AND NORTHERN MISS. Chapter XXIX.

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never yet failed, and I believe his statement. He saw Forrest's cavalry and artillery, but did not see Napier's command, but saw men from Carrollsville who did see it.

G. M. DODGE,

Brigadier-General.

CORINTH, MISS., December 18, 1862.

General SULLIVAN:

I move. At what time will you move? Where is the enemy? A force is reported at Chalk Bluff. Can your order a scout out from Bethel?

General Grant has ordered me to move and in conjunction with you to attack Forrest.

G. M. DODGE,

Brigadier-General.

BETHEL, December 18, 1862.

General SULLIVAN:

Colonel Hurst, just from that locality, reports rebels on White Oak Creek, 11 miles west of Clifton, and between the road leading from Clifton to Jackson and this place. He don't think the force large.

WM. R. MORRISON,

Colonel, Commanding Post.

CORINTH, December 18, 1862.

General SULLIVAN:

I move immediately with my force.

Order Colonel Morrison to join me with one regiment or more, as can be spared.

G. M. DODGE,

Brigadier-General.

TRENTON, December 18, 1862.

General SULLIVAN:

Six men of Colonel Hawkin's Second West Tennessee Cavalry, just arrived from Lexington, report that they, with cavalry from Jackson, met the enemy at daybreak this morning near Lexington; that our troops, after a sharp fight, were repulsed and two pieces of artillery taken from us.

JACOB FRY,

Colonel, Commanding Post.

GENERAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJT. General 'S OFFICE,

Numbers 210.

Washington, December 18, 1862.

By the direction of the President the troops in the Department of the Tennessee and those of the Department of the Missouri operating on the Mississippi River will be divided into four army corps, to be numbered the Thirteenth, Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth.

Major General J. A. McClernand is assigned to the command of the Thirteenth Army Corps;