After consulting with General Burnside, I had the following orders issued:
HDQRS. DEPT. AND ARMY OF THE Tennessee,
Maryville, December 6, 1863
I. The Fourth Corps, Maj. General Gordon Granger commanding, will move tomorrow to Knoxville, Tennessee reporting to Major-General Burnside.
II. The Eleventh Corps, Major-General Howard commanding will march tomorrow for Athens, Tennessee via Davis’ Ford and Sweet Water. General Howard will send a guard to Charleston.
III. The Fifteenth Corps, Major General F. P. Blair, Jr., commanding, will march tomorrow for Tellico Plains via Morganton.
IV. The division commanded by Brigadier General Jeff. C. Davis will march to-morrow via Madisonville to Columbus, on the Hiwassee.
V. All the cavalry now with this army will report to Colonel Long, and march slowly to Tellico Plains via the ford above Tellico River.
By order of Major General W. T. Sherman:
R. M. SAWYER, Assistant Adjutant-General