War of the Rebellion: Serial 020 Page 0526 COASTS OF S.C., GA.,AND MID.AND EAST FLA. Chapter XXVI.

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SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS DEPT. OF S. C. AND GA., No. 63. Savannah, May 30, 1862.

I. Brigadier General A. R. Lawton will without delay proceed to further obstruct the Savannah River at a site just below the present obstructions, by stretching a chain across the river according to the plan pursued in Charleston Harbor. The chains will be supported by at least two cribs, and if necessary by three.

II. In preparation of this obstruction the labor will be divided as far as practicable. The most efficient workmen will be selected and placed in charge of forging the chain; some will be selected for making and sinking the cribs; others will be appointed to collect material. The iron will be obtained by Brigadier General A. R. Lawton in the best manner practicable.

By order of Major-General Pemberton:

J. R. WADDY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND GEORGIA, Charleston, May 31, 1862.

W. J. MAGRATH,

President Charleston and Savannah Railroad:

SIR: To expedite the work of obstructing the channel near Forts Sumter and Moultrie it is a matter of the first necessity that every facility of railroad transportation for supplies of timber be furnished those having the work in charge. I therefore earnestly beg that every exertion be used on your part to assist in the rapid completion of this essential work. Mr. John Cheves, Mr. F. J. Porcher, and Captain F. D. Lee, Engineer Department, are authorized to call upon you for this object and to make all necessary arrangements.

J. C. PEMBERTON,

Major-General, Commanding.

CHARLESTON, May 31, 1862.

General R. E. LEE, Richmond:

General E. Kirby Smith asks me to send two or more armed regiments to Chattanooga or arms for his unarmed men. I have neither to spare. A prisoner taken at Pocotaligo says the enemy is collecting a large force on Edisto.

J. C. PEMBERTON,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND GEORGIA, Charleston, May 31, 1862.

Brigadier General N. G. EVANS,

Commanding Third Military District:

GENERAL: Major-General Pemberton wishes you to increase the obstructions in Stono River at Church Flats with live-oak as soon as possible.

I am, &c.,

J. R. WADDY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.