llcox at Bean's Station, and considerable force at Wytheville — from all of which, if true, Longstreet's position will not prove to be an easy one.
His chief care will now be to effect his escape by the North-Carolina mountains as the only road left open to him.
Orders by General Burnside.
headquarters army of the Ohio, Knoxville, Tenn., Nov. 25, 1863.
General field orders, No. 32.
In accordance with the proclamation of the President of the United States, Thursday, the twenty-sixth instant, will, so far as military operations will permit, be observed by this army as a day of thanksgiving for the countless blessings vouchsafed the country, and the fruitful successes granted to our arms during the past year.
Especially has this army cause for thankfulness for the divine protection which has so signally shielded us; and let us with grateful hearts offer our prayers for its continuance, assured of the purity of our cause, and with a firm reliance on the God of battles.