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of our brigade at Carthage, and verify the report of Polk's movements as soon as possible. How many men can you command for offensive, how many for defensive, operations at Gallatin?

W. S. ROSECRANS,

GALLATIN, December 7, 1862.

General ROSECRANS:

If I knew the locality of the enemy, I could use Fry's entire division, about 8,000, I believe,and leave General Dumont to defend Gallatin. There being so many fords on the river, it becomes necessary to divide up a good deal.

GEO. H. THOMAS.

GALLATIN, December 7, 1862

General ROSECRANS:

General Boyle telegraphs, as coming from you, that Forrest left Columbia for a raid into Kentucky, via Clarksville. Is this reliable? And do you know his force, and have you any troops west of Nashville likely to intercept him? Clarksville is an important point, and should be held, but I have not the troops to spare. Can't you do it? Boyle thinks McHenry's regiment ought not to be taken from Bruce's command for that purpose. Lieutenant Tardy reports about 2,000 rebel cavalry in Lebanon. This confirmed by citizens who have run off to avoid conscription. They might be captured by sending a force from Nashville to get between them and Murfreesborough.

GEO. H. THOMAS.

Major-General., U. S. Volunteers.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Nashville, December 7, 1862-4.20 p.m.

Generals ROUSSEAU, STANLEY, and MORGAN:

The general commanding desires you to give immediate orders to have three days' cooked rations prepared for every regiment in your command by night-fall of this day, and to have that number thenceforward always kept on hand in the men's haversacks. You will secure, quietly and at once, competent guides, well acquainted with the country in front of you,and get everything in immediate readiness too march at a moment's notice. Report the receipt and execution of this order without delay.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. P. GARESCHE,

Acting Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Nashville, December 7, 1862-4.45 p.m.

Major General SCHUYLER HAMILTON,

Camp on Hardin pike:

GENERAL: The general commanding desires you to take command immediately of the following troops, viz: Negley's and Palmer's divis-