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,
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,
HEADQUARTERS FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION,
DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND.
Near Sparta, Tennessee, December 4, 1863.
Captain J. E. JACOBS,
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.
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,
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