means of obtaining information, and will report the moment anything reliable is received. The conviction on all minds here is strengthened that the enemy has gone round us and aims at the railroad.
J. J. REYNOLDS,
GALLATIN, December 24, 1862-5.30 p.m.
Lieutenant B. KIRBY,
A man who left Lebanon yesterday at 1 p.m. reports seeing about 400 rebel soldiers, half cavalry and half infantry. They were just leaving for Murfreesborough. Have scouted in every direction and saw nothing of enemy to-day. Other scouts still out, that we expect in to-night.
J. J. REYNOLDS,
HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION,
Camp Andy Johnson, December 24, 1862. (Received 11.50 a.m.)
Colonel J. P. GARESCHE,
Chief of Staff:
I have a line of couriers from General Negley's headquarters. Notified Major-General Thomas that my command was in readiness to march at daylight; thinking that sufficient, did not notify you. Am ready yet.
LOVELL H. ROUSSEAU,
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY, December 24, 1862.
I can march with about 1,300 fighting men, exclusive of the Fourth Regular Cavalry. The rest of the cavalry are in detail and foraging. I cannot break camp until my foraging train returns. If I am not to move to-day, I would wish to send a regiment on the Hardin pike to render my train secure.
D. S. STANLEY,
HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Nashville, December 24,-11.45 a.m.
Major-General Crittenden's Headquarters:
Send out a regiment on reconnaissance on Hardin pike, returning by the camps of Rousseau, Negley, and McCook. Keep the rest of your troops in camp until the arrival of the Anderson Troop and Tennessee cavalry, in about three hours. Report to these headquarters for orders.
By command of Major-General Rosecrans:
GEO. H. THOMAS,