War of the Rebellion: Serial 030 Page 0216 KY.,MID. AND E.TENN.,N.ALA.,AND SW.VA. Chapter XXXII.

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engineers, chief of topographical engineers; First Lieutenant T. Edson, ordnance corps, ordnance officer; Brig. General D. S. Stanley, U. S. Volunteers, chief of cavalry; Colonel James Barnett, First Ohio Artillery, chief of artillery; Captain Elmer Otis, Fourth U. S. Cavalry, chief of courier lines; Captain J. H. Young, Fifteenth U. S. Infantry, assistant mustering officer; Captain W. M. Wiles, Twenty-second Indiana Volunteers, provost-marshall-general; Captain Jesse Merrill, volunteers, chief signal officer.

By command of Major-General Rosecrans:

J. P. GARESCHE,

Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Nashville, December 23, 1862.

Major-General THOMAS L. CRITTENDEN,

Commanding Left Wing:

No permission will be given until the outrage on our flag of truce is repaired by the return of our men captured, nor will any flags of truce be received except one conveying the reparation.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Nashville, December 23, 1862.

Major-General CRITTENDEN,

Commanding Left Wing:

GENERAL: The general commanding has received intelligence from Gallatin of the presence of over 7,000 of the enemy's cavalry, perhaps supported by infantry, within 4 miles of the camp at Bledsoe's Creek; he therefore desires you to have your command ready to march at daylight, with three days' cooked rations in their haversacks; since if the presence of so large a force of the enemy at that point is confirmed, his design is to adopt vigorous measures to cut off their retreat entirely. Have the goodness to communicate the same orders and intelligence by signal to General Stanley. Cause arrangements to be made for your train in accordance with orders already given. The enemy will probably make a demonstration with the Gallatin movement. The intention is to make him any pay for it.

I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. P. GARESCHE,

Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.

BOWLING GREEN, December 23, 1862-7 p.m.

Major-General ROSECRANS:

Morgan,with 1,200, is reported by a contraband,who arrived at Franklin this p.m., as having left Brackentown this morning, going in the direction of Port Oliver, to cross Barren River. This is said by loyal citizens at Franklin to be reliable.

MAHLON D. MANSON,

Brigadier-General.