War of the Rebellion: Serial 053 Page 0267 Chapter XLII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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DECHERD, October 10, 1863.

Lieutenant Colonel H. C. RODGERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

uger marches from Christiana to-day; will be near Tullahoma, and take post from that south, including Elk River bridge. Three rear regiments will be this side of Tullahoma to-night and occupy the rest of my line; all will be in position to-morrow, I think. Which corps should guard Tantalon? It is embraced in orders to both; properly belongs to Eleventh Corps.

A. S. WILLIAMS,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,

Murfreesborough, Tenn., October 10, 1863.

Major General H. W. SLOCUM,

Commanding Twelfth Army Corps:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report, for your information, the troops now in my command, in addition to the Second Division, Twelfth Army Corps, and the strength of the same.

Effective strength.

19th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Colonel H. C. Gilbert..........478

22nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, Colonel W. L. Utley............321

Detachment 4th East Tennessee Cavalry, Major Stephens;

detachment dismounted men, First Brigade, Second Cavalry

Division, Lieutenant Colonel J. J. Seibert...........................270

Troops in Fort Rosecrans, Major C. Houghtaling, 1st Illinois

Light Artillery..............................................938

Stragglers of Eleventh and Twelfth Army Corps, Captain W. J.

Mackey, 147th Pennsylvania Volunteers, commanding............124

The armament in Fort Rosecrans is-

Guns.

8-inch siege howitzers....................................... 11

24-pounder James rifled, siege............................... 15

6-pounder smooth-bore, field................................. 16

12-pounder howitzers, field.................................. 2

10-pounder rifled Parrott, field............................. 1

6-pounder rifled James, field................................ 4

3-inch rifled Rodman, field.................................. 1

3-inch rifled bronze, field.................................. 1

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The outpost detail consists of 6 commissioned officers, 15 sergeants, 33 corporals, and 173 privates, posted on the Woodbury, Liberty, Lebanon, Nashville, Salem, Shelbyville, and Manchester pickets, at west of Liberty, east of Stone's River, Stone's River, and Wilkerson's Cross-Road. Major Stephens furnishes daily 4 men as vedettes on each of the pickets.

I have placed Brigadier-General Greene in command of the troops, and have directed an inspection to be made at once, with a view to placing everything in the best possible condition. I have incorporated the provost guard of the Second Division, Twelfth Army Corps, with the guard already here, making in all 212 strong, of which Captain W. J. Alexander, One hundred and eleventh Pennsylvania Volunteers, is in command.

I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNumbers W. GEARY,

Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding.