War of the Rebellion: Serial 056 Page 0332 KY., SW, VA, Tennessee, MISS., N.ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter XLIII.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE,

Little Tennessee, December 4, 1863.

Major General O. O. HOWARD

Commanding Eleventh Corps:

GENERAL: The bridge at this place will be ready for you at daylight to-morrow. The Fifteenth Corps will be passed over to-night.

By order of Major General W. T. Sherman:

R. M. SAWYER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPARTA, Tennessee,

December 4, 1863.

Colonel O. H. LA GRANGE,

Commanding Second Brigade:

The colonel commanding directs that you proceed immediately with your brigade, lightly equipped, to the vicinity of Yankeetown and clear out a force of guerrillas there, estimated at about 400 or 500 in number.

I am, colonel, your very obedient servant,

JNumbers PRATT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION,

DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND.

Near Sparta, Tennessee, December 4, 1863.

Captain J. E. JACOBS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I have the honor to report that the Second Brigade, Colonel La Grange, has returned from the expedition on which they were ordered by the general commanding. They went 6 miles the other side of Yankeetown, and scouting parties were sent out beyond on all the roads. No enemy was seen, and all citizens reported that but 3 had been in that vicinity to-day. The wheat was brought in. The scouts just in report all of Hugh's force at Spring Creek or Sinking Cave, 6 miles east of Livingston.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. M. McCOOK,

Colonel, Commanding Division.

HDQRS. LEFT WING, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Pulaski, Tennessee, December 4, 1863.

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Eastport, Miss.,:

The following dispatch is just received at these headquarters from Major-General Grant, and is forwarded for your immediate action:

CHATTANOOGA, December 3, 1863.

Brigadier General G. M. DODGE,

Pulaski, Tennessee:

General Hurlbut reports a large force approaching Corinth, with the probable view of seizing the place. I had previously ordered boats to Eastport to move that garrison to Hurlbut. If you can, wish you would send a messenger through to