SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS,
HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF THE MISS., Numbers 19.
Chattanooga, Tenn., November 29, 1863.
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2. Brigadier General James H. Wilson, captain U. S. Engineers, on the staff of the major-general commanding, will accompany the expedition of the relief of Knoxville, Tenn., reporting in person to Major General W. T. Sherman, commanding expedition.
By order of Major General U. S. Grant:
GEO. K. LEET,
[31.] Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS,
Decatur, Tenn., December 1, 1863-10.30 p. m.
Major General W. T. SHERMAN,
Commanding Department of the Tennessee:
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch of this date*. I reached this place this evening with the First Division. The Second is still crossing Kincannon's Ferry and will march from there in the morning. I have already ordered the steam-boat to proceed to Kingston as soon as the troops have crossed the Hiwassee and there await further orders. I will direct my march upon Philadephia, as your order. We have no intelligence whatever from Knoxville. The secesh in these parts are chopfallen and the Union people correspondingly jubilant.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Major-General, Commanding Fourth Army Corps.
P. S.- It is almost impossible for me to communicate with you, as I have no momunted men with me.
[31,] G. G.
HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH CORPS,
December 2, 1863-6.15 p. m.
Assistant Adjutant-General, Army or the Tennessee:
COLONEL: I am encamped-one division about two miles from Philadelphia, the other on the heights just this side. I will comply with your request as to an early attack on Loudon.+
O. O. HOWARD,
[31.] Major-General, Commanding.
HDQRS. THIRD DIV., 17TH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 4.
Vicksburg, Miss., December 3, 1863.
The general commanding the Third Division, desiring to bring the troops of his command to the highest possible condition of drill and discipline, and believing that every soldier at the expiration of his first term of enlistment should be sufficiently conversant with the tactics to
* See VOL. XXXI, Part III, p. 298.
+ See Sherman to Howard, VOL. XXXI, Part III, p. 313.