War of the Rebellion: Serial 066 Page 0038 Chapter XLVII. S. C., FLA AND ON THE GA. COAST.

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leaving for Annapolis. What we have in harbor not capable of going to sea. Please inform me how many troops there are in the regiment at Annapolis, and whether I shall send the propellers as soon as storm subsides. No indications of its subsiding.

HERMAN BIGGS.

Lieutenant-Colonel, Quartermaster.

HDQRS. SEVENTY-SIXTH PENNSYLVANIA VOLS.,

Seabrook, S. C., April 5, 1864.

Major T. B. BROOKS,

Aide-de-Camps:

SIR: From the limit evidence I have been able to get in relation to statements of Major Hicks and Lieutenant Moorhead, I am inclined to this that Lieutenant Moorhead is correct, but believe the action of naval officer were reported to Major Hicks as being an aggravated case.

I have the honor to be, respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. C. CAMPBELL,

Colonel Seventy-sixth Pennsylvania Volunteers.

HDQRS. DISTRICT OF FLORIDA, DEPT. OF THE SOUTH,

Jacksonville, Fla., April 5, 1864.

Brigadier General J. W. TURNER,

Chief of Staff and Artillery, Headquarters Department of the South, Hilton Head, S. C.:

GENERAL: I inclose with this a circular, issued by my order which will, I think, have the effect of bringing in deserters from the enemy.

All the points brought in will be needed as pack animals when our cavalry commence moving. I hope the promise to purchase the animals will be approved by the general commanding, and the quartermaster here will be furnished with the funds necessary to pay for them.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNO. P. HATCH,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

[Inclosure.]

CIRCULAR.] OFFICE OF THE PROVOST-MARSHAL, DISTRICT OF

FLORIDA, DEPT. OF THE SOUTH,

Jacksonville, Fla., April 4, 1864.

All refugees from the rebel lines and deserters from the rebel armies, and all persons desiring to become such, are hereby informed that they will not under any circumstances be compelled to serve in the U. S. Army against the rebels. This assurance is fully given in General Orders, Numbers 64, of date February 18, 1864, from the War Department.

All such refugees and deserters who are honest in their intentions of forever deserting the rebel cause will be allowed every opportunity of engaging in their usual avocations; or if they desire