cavalry at New Market and 150 more some 8 miles above, and in the country 300, running four grist-mills, supplying their army. The mills are in the neighborhood of New Market, 8 miles from Strawberry Plains. Six hundred of the First East Tennessee Mounted Infantry are occupying Dandridge. There is an abundance of forage on the east side of the river.
I have the honor to be, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
H. M. MILLER,
Lieutenant, Commanding Scouts.
MEMPHIS, December 19, 1863.
Dispatch of 11th received to-day. Steele has asked for no troops, and I think does not need any. Price is on Red River, much reduced. Recruiting going on vigorously in Arkansas. Forrest is at Jackson; forces estimated about 4,000. Grierson moves to-morrow on Purdy and Bolivar, and Smith from Columbus on Monday. Forrest must fight or run. Roads dreadful from rain. I think we shall cure Forrest of his ambition to command West Tennessee.
S. A. HURLBUT,
HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Memphis, December 19, 1863.
Let your command move quietly to La Grange to-morrow, or at least Morgan's brigade, so as to be at La Grange by night and ready to move as soon as we learn definitely of Smith's movement.
S. A. HURLBUT,
Order Mizner to be ready to move out from Corinth as soon as infantry comes up.
S. A. H.
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, December 19, 1863
Colonel J. K, MIZNER,
You will hold the effective force of your command in readiness to move at a short notice. Keep on hand ten days' rations, prepare light transportation, and at least 100 rounds of ammunition per man.
B. H. GRIERSON,
(Same to Colonel W. H. Morgan and commanding officer Second Cavalry Brigade.)
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