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6. Officers and men will be held responsible for difference between pillaging for private use and taking property for public service.

7. All these movements will commence on Thursday morning, 26th, at daylight, or as soon as practicable thereafter.

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By order of Major General S. A. Hurlbut:

T. H. HARRIS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH ARMY CORPS, November 25, 1863-9.30 p.m.

Major-General SHERMAN:

GENERAL: Colonel McKibbin says that General Hooker made a detour and marched through Rossville and was making preparations for taking the rifle-pits of the enemy in reverse when he left him this p.m.; and that other troops of General Thomas had gained Missionary Ridge in their immediate front. General Thomas sent directions to me by Colonel McKibbin, supposing I was on your right flank.

Very respectfully,

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General.

P. S.-The colonel is too tired to climb the mountain to-night.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, November 25, 1863.

Major-General PALMER,

Commanding Fourteenth Corps:

The general commanding directs that you move on the enemy to-morrow morning with Baird's and Johnson's divisions. You will order Carlin's brigade to join its division. Make a strong reconnaissance,a nd if the enemy has retired, pursue him as far as you can with effect. General Hooker also moves on the enemy in the morning.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. J. REYNOLDS,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Chattanooga, November 25, 1863.

Maj. General J. M. PALMER,

Comdg. Fourteenth Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland:

GENERAL: I most cordially congratulate you and your command on the splendid manner in which your portion of the work of assaulting the enemy's position on Missionary Ridge was performed. Please convey to the officers and men of the corps my hearty thanks for their gallant conduct.

Respectfully, &c.,

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, Commanding.