CIRCULAR.] HDQRS. CAV. CORPS, MIL. DIV. OF THE MISS.,
Granny White Pike, Eight Miles from Nashville,
December 17, 1864-3.30 a. m.
The Cavalry Corps will move at the earliest possible moment after the receipt of this order, by the following lines:
1. Croxton’s brigade will march, by the most direct road, to the Franklin pike, pressing the enemy closely by that road and those immediately to the east of it, leaving the pike itself for Knipe’s division.
2. Knipe’s division will move, by the nearest road, to the Franklin pike, and press the enemy on that road and any that may be found on its immediate right.
3. Hatch’s division will follow the enemy, on this road, to Brentwood, and press the enemy closely on the right of the Franklin pike. It may not be necessary to strike Brentwood at all, if roads can be found between the Hillsborough and Franklin pikes. General Hatch will use his discretion.
4. General Johnson will march, in pursuance of instructions last night, by the Hillsborough pike.
5. Cavalry Corps headquarters will be with the Fifth Division. Frequent communications must be sent in by the various columns.
J. H. WILSON,
Brevet Major-General, Commanding.
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