War of the Rebellion: Serial 030 Page 0454 KY., MID. AND E. TENN., N.ALA., AND SW. VA. Chapter XXXII.

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GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. POLK'S CORPS, ARMY OF TENN.,

Numbers 6.

Murfreesborough, December 18, 1862.

I. For the greater efficiency of the service, companies of regiments will be consolidated so as to reduce them as far as possible to half their present number. The battalions thus formed will be united into regiments. The field officers, and so many of the staff as may be necessary for the new regimental organizations, will be selected from the officers of the battalions united. The rest of the officers will be relieved, and ordered to report to corps headquarters for detached service. The battalions so formed will maintain their separate organizations for all purposes except for drill and field service. Each battalion will retain its own colors.

By command of Lieutenant-General Polk:

THOMAS M. JACK,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS BRECKINRIDGE'S DIVISION.

No. 50.

Murfreesborough, December 18, 1862.

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III. The troops of this division will move by the Shelbyville turnpike to-morrow,the 19th instant, at 9 o'clock a.m., to an encampment near the road, about 10 miles south of Murfreesborough. The order of march will be left to brigade commanders, each brigade moving independently. staff officer will designate the ground for each encampment.

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By command of Major-General Breckinridge:

JOHN A. BUCKNER.

Assistant Adjutant-General

JACKSON, MISS., December 19, 1862

Major-General MARTIN L. SMITH, Vicksburg:

President Davis and myself leave here by train this evening for Vicksburg, with 6 staff officers.

J. E. JOHNSTON,

General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF TENNESSEE.

Murfreesborough, December 19, 1862.

Brigadier-General WHEELER,

Chief of Cavalry:

GENERAL: The general commanding directs that hereafter flags of truce from our lines to those of the enemy will be restricted to Mondays and Thursdays. He will communicate with General Rosecrans on this subject, limiting the number of flags from his lines, and fixing the days on which they will be received. You will be advised accordingly.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEORGE WM. BRENT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.