CINCINNATI, OHIO, December 24, 1862-12 m.
Four hundred mules in depot. Am purchasing more for the Army of Kentucky. None available for General Rosecrans' pack trains.
HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Nashville, Tenn., December 24, 1862-11.58 [p.m.]
Major-General GEORGE H. THOMAS,
Commanding Center, Camp on Franklin Pike:
GENERAL: The general commanding desires me to inform you that, on account of the lack of forage in the left wing, he is under the necessity of countermanding the movement for to-morrow. Please notify your subordinate commanders. General Negley will be notified by telegraph from this office.
I have the honor to be, general, your obedient servant,
J. P. GARESCHE,
Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS CENTER, December 24, 1862-2.35 p.m.
Colonel J. P. GARESCHE:
Your dispatch, proposing postponement of move until to-morrow morning, received. I think it would be better to make move to-morrow morning.
GEO. H. THOMAS,
SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS,
HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND,
No. 29. Nashville, Tenn., December 24, 1862.
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VI. Paragraph VIII, Special Field Orders, No. 25, from these headquarters, ordering Colonel Connell's brigade, now Colonel Walker's, of General Fry's division, to report to General Mitchell, commanding post of Nashville, is hereby countermanded. Colonel Walker will report to Major-General Thomas, encamped on the Franklin pike, for orders.
VII. Colonel W. E. Woodruff, now commanding temporary brigade of Third and Sixth Tennessee and Tenth Ohio Regiments, will report to Brig. General Jeff. C. Davis, commanding First Division, right wing, and assume command of the brigade recently commanded by him in that division. The two Tennessee regiments will be reported, for temporary duty, to Brigadier-General Mitchell, commanding the post of Nashville. The Tenth Ohio will report for duty as headquarters and provost guard at these headquarters.
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XXI. Brigadier General James G. Spears, U. S. Volunteers, will report for duty to Governor Johnson, to aid in organizing into brigades Tennessee