IV. The chief commissary will see that, in addition to the two days' cooked rations, there is three days' subsistence on hand.
V. Brigade commanders will take all necessary steps to see that their commands are prepared for action.
VI. Brigade commanders will attend at these headquarters at 5 o'clock this afternoon.
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XIII. The troops of this command will get into position by 9 o'clock to-morrow morning. Major Wilson and Captain Mastin, of the staff, will conduct the several brigades to their positions, as determined upon this evening.
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By command of Major-General Breckinridge:
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS RESERVE DIVISION,
POLK'S CORPS, ARMY OF TENNESSEE,
Murfreesborough, Tenn., December 27, 1862.
Brigade commanders, with their staff officers, will meet the corps and division commanders at the crossing of the Nashville turnpike with Stone's River punctually at 7.30 a.m. to-morrow. The enemy are reported to be at Stewart's Creek, 10 miles distant, and the troops will be placed in position by 9 a.m. to-morrow.
By command of Major-General Withers:
D. E. HUGER,
Abstract from weekly return of Polk's corps, Army of Tennessee, at Murfreesborough Tenn., for December 27, 1862.
P r e s e n t.
Effecti Total. Aggrega Aggrega
ve te. te
Command. total. present
Cheatham's division 5,163 5,597 6,125 9,632
Withers' division 7,947 8,417 9,051 14,568
Total 13,110 14,014 15,176 24,200
Cheatham's division 286 295 306 359
Withers' division 438 451 466 571
Total 724 746 772 930
Cheatham's division 47 55 59 73
Withers's division 60 61 66 69
Wharton's brigade 2,224 2,504 2,675 3,773
Escort 45 49 52 66
Total 2 367 2,669 2,852 3,982
Grand total 16,210 17,429 18,800 29,112
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