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SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Numbers 345.

Chattanooga, Tennessee, December 24, 1863.

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VII. The Third Brigade, Second Division, Twelfth Army Corps, will proceed without delay to Stevenson, Ala.

Brigadier-General Geary, commanding Second Division, Twelfth Army Corps, will report by letter to Major-General Slocum, commanding Twelfth Army Corps, the arrival of the brigade at Stevenson.

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By command of Major-General Thomas:

WM. McMICHAEL,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

December 24, 1863-4.20 p.m.

Brigadier General WILLIAM A. HAMMOND,

Surgeon-General U. S. Army, Nashville, Tennessee:

I am directed by the Secretary of War to inform you that reports have reached the Department that much sickness is prevailing among the troops under Major-General Foster at Knoxville, and the Secretary directs that, if your inspection is concluded at Nashville, your proceed immediately to Knoxville, Tennessee, and make inspection of the troops and hospitals there and at Cumberland Gap, and that if any supplies be needed you make immediate report by telegraph. You will also report by telegraph from Cumberland Gap when your duties are completed and wait further orders there.

By order of the Secretary of War:

ED. R. S. CANBY,

Brigadier-General and Assistant Adjutant-General.

NASHVILLE, December 24, 1863.

Admiral D. D. PORTER,

Mound City, Illinois:

Will you have the kindness to direct a gunboat (Numbers 12) to convoy steamer Masonic Gem, now at Paducah, to Savannah?

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

HDQRS. LEFT WING, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Pulaski, Tennessee, December 24, 1863.

Major General JOHN A. LOGAN,

Commanding Fifteenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: When in Nashville I met General Sherman, who desired me to write you, giving position of forces, &c. He stated that you had been ordered to build the Huntsville road, to connect with me near the junction. I have nearly completed this road, with the exception of three heavy bridges, and will have it running by the 1st of February.