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a short time before 12 m., by rebel cavalry. He encloses a dispatch for the colonel of the Ninth Michigan. Where is the Ninth Michigan? Courier could not find it.

By command of Major-General W. S. Rosecrans:

J. P. GARESCHE,

Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS, December 30, 1862-3.20 p.m.

Major-General THOMAS:

Give us notice when you want Crittenden to advance. You have four divisions now. Whenever you ascertain that the mass of the enemy is on this side, intending to fight the battle on this side, let us have prompt notice of it, and Crittenden will be immediately advanced.

By command of -Major-General W. S. Rosecrans:

J. P. GARESCHE,

Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS CENTER, FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Camp near Murfreesborough, December 30, 1862.

Colonel J. P. GARESCHE,

Chief of Staff:

I have just returned. I think the enemy apparently mean to attack McCook. If they are not in large force in Crittenden's front, I think he should advance.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General U. S. Volunteers, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Murfreesborough Pike,near Stone's River, December 30, 1862-6.30 p.m.

Major-General GEORGE H. THOMAS,

Commanding Center:

GENERAL: Use every exertion to ascertain, by scouts or otherwise, any movement of the enemy, his artillery or wagons, as it is a matter of the greatest importance.

By command of Major-General Rosecrans:

C. GODDARD,

Major and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS, December 30, 1862-8.21 p.m.

Major-General THOMAS:

The general commanding desires Walker's and Starkweather's brigades to be here by 8 o'clock to-morrow morning. Please give your orders accordingly.

By command of Major-General W. S. Rosecrans:

J. P. GARESCHE,

Chief of Staff.