HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS,
ARMY OF THE OHIO,
Rutledge, Tennessee, December 15, 1863.
The undersigned, having assumed command of the Cavalry Corps of this army, announces his staff as follows:
Captain W. C. Rawolle, aide-de-camp and acting assistant adjutant-general; Captain C. H. Hale, aide-de-camp; Captain H. B. Sturgis, aide-de-camp; Captain George G. Lott, aide-de-camp; Captain J. S. Grier, aide-de-camp, and as such will be obeyed and respected accordingly.
The other staff officers of the corps will remain unchanged until further orders.
S. D. STURGIS,
LEXINGTON, December 15, 1863.
Arrived here to-day all well. No news from the States yet. Met General Cox near Williamsburg, last night on his way. We had a hard march across the mountains, but brought all through safe. Will telegraph as soon as I derive any information.
A. E. BURNSIDE,
HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
December 15, 1863.
Brigadier General A. J. SMITH,
GENERAL: Roddey, with his command, crossed the Tennessee River above Eastport on the 10th and 11th December, intending to go down the river and recross to Forrest at Jackson. Notify Admiral Porter.
It is important that you move as soon as practicable, taking the ridge between the Big Sandy and the head of the Obion and Forked Deer Creek, through Huntington, on Jackson. This will clear the water-courses and bring you within striking distance of Jackson on hard ground.
I have just received a howitzer battery (mountain) and will send it to you to-morrow. You must find the animals; the rest will be complete.
Orders have gone to McPherson to send you a field battery; but we can hardly wait so long. Your Tennesseeans will make good guides, at least.
S. A. HURLBUT,
MISSISSIPPI SQUADRON, FLAG-SHIP BLACK HAWK,
Cairo, December 15, 1863.
Major General U. S. GRANT,
Comdg. Military Division of the Miss., Chattanooga:
DEAR GENERAL: If I have not sooner congratulated you on your splendid victory at Chattanooga, it was not because I did not share