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[CHAP. XLIII.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

December 15, 1863-4.30 a.m.

Major-General PARKE:

I have the honor to inform you that a courier dispatched to General Willcox with a dispatch from me has just returned, and reports having been fired upon by infantry on top of Clinch Mountain, apparently moving in direction of Clinch River. I have directed Colonel Biddle to send forward the dispatch by some route leading from the road in rear of us.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ROBERT B. POTTER,

Brigadier-General.

P. S.-The courier went by road leaving Bean's Station road 2 miles in my front.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS,

Knoxville, Tennessee, December 15, 1863.

Major General P. H. SHERIDAN,

Commanding Second Division:

You will proceed to Blain's Cross-Roads and assume command of all the troops at Strawberry Plains, at Blain's Cross-Roads, and vicinity, together with all the troops that may arrive from Knoxville by railroad and concentrate them at or near Blain's Cross-Roads in such manner as may seem most judicious.

By command of Major-General Granger:

R. O. SELFRIDGE,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Inspector-General.

SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS,

HDQRS. FOURTH ARMY CORPS,

Numbers 3.

Knoxville, Tennessee, December 15, 1863.

Major-General Sheridan (and Brigadier General T. J. Wood) will moved at once with all his available force to Blain's Cross-Roads. He will take as much artillery as he can furnish horses for, giving each gun and caisson 8 horses.

Ammunition to make the number of rounds 60 per man will be supplied from here.

Should he think it advisable he will use the railroad as far as possible to transport the troops to Strawberry Plains.

At least three days' rations will be carried in the haversacks of the men and as many more as possible in the wagons.

By command of Major-General Granger:

R. O. SELFRIDGE,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Inspector-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS,

Numbers 1.

ARMY OF THE OHIO

Rutledge, Tennessee, December 15, 1863.

Pursuant to General Field Orders, Numbers 41, from headquarters of the department, the undersigned hereby assumes command of the Cavalry Corps, which will include all the cavalry of the department except that under Brigadier General W. L. Elliott.

S. D. STURGIS,

Brigadier-General.