HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Nashville, December 9, 1862
Commanding Right Wing:
Sill's position said to be bad. Regulate your whole line, either moving forward your division or drawing them back a little, the latter preferred, as a matter of policy. Close Davis and Sheridan well in, so as to have them in hand and in supporting distance of each other. Rousseau moves over to-night on Franklin pike. Indications are that all this is a feint to cover attack on Fort Donelson, but it must be stopped . Report as soon as you have placed your command. Give distances from one another and from known, points so we can fix them on map.
By order of Major-General Rosecrans:
J. P. GARESCHE,
Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.
HDQRS. RIGHT WING, FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
December 9, 1862-6.15 p.m.
Colonel J. P. GARESCHE, Chief of Staff:
Orders received. Will have all right. Corps in line the morning. Have not heard from any reconnaissance save Sheridan's. No firing in front, all quiet. I will report in person to-night, as soon as the reconnaissance returns.
A. McD. McCOOK,
MITCHELLSVILLE, December 9, 1862
The command of this post was turned over to me by Colonel Starkweather on the morning of the 7th instant. My force consisted of the One hundred and twenty-ninth Illinois Regiment, having an effective force of 637, rank and file. One hundred and fifty sick and convalescent soldiers, belonging to other commands, were left at this place. A bridge, 2 1/2 miles south of this place, and a water-tank and bridge, 7 miles south, were to be protected. I have sent Lieutenant-Colonel Case, of the One hundred and twenty-ninth Illinois Regiment, and four companies to guard the tank and bridge in its vicinity, with instructions to fortify strongly. One company I sent to the nearest bridge, there being a stockade at that point. This leaves me with an effective force here of about 300, rank and file. I have organized of the convalescent soldiers a company of 50 men, who will be able to assist in defense of our fortifications, which, by dark to-night, will enable us to resist a largely superior force. I applied to General Granger for a company of cavalry, which he promises as soon as they return from scouting.
G. P. SMITH,
Colonel, Comdg. One hundred and twenty-ninth Illinois Regiment and Post.
BOWLING GREEN, December 9, 1862
Colonel Smith telegraphs: "This afternoon 50 Confederate cavalry passed within 1 mile of this place (Mitchellsville), going northeast to-day,