GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE SOUTH, No. 112.
Hilton Head, S. C., July 31, 1864.
In accordance with instructions received from the General-in-Chief of the U. S. Army, Brigadier General William Birney, U. S. Volunteers, is hereby relieved from duty in this department, and will report without delay to Major-General Butler, at Fortress Monroe, Va.
Brigadier General John P. Hatch, U. S. Volunteers, is hereby assigned to the command of the District of Florida, and will relieve Brigadier-General Birney at once.
Brigadier General E. E. Potter, U. S. Volunteers, is hereby assigned to the command of the District of Hilton Head, and will relieve Brigadier-General Hatch without delay. During the temporary absence of Brigadier General R. Saxton, Brigadier-General Potter, will retain command of the District of Beaufort, in addition to that of Hilton Head.
By command of Major General J. G. Foster:
W. L. M. BURGER,
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF FLORIDA,
Jacksonville, July 31, 1864.
Commanding Battalion Fourth Massachusetts Cavalry:
CAPTAIN: You will embark with 50 men and horses of your command to-day at 10 o'clock and proceed immediately to Palatka. Your men will be provided with five days' rations and five days' forage for their horses. The quartermaster will designate the boat to be used by you. It is essential that all your horses and men, provisions, and forage should be on board by 10 p.m. Your men will of course move in light marching order. You will please report at these headquarters as soon as possible.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
Abstract from return of the Department of the South, Major General John G. Foster commanding, for July, 1864.
Present for duty.
Command Officers Men Aggregate
General headquarters 59 95 154
Hilton Head District 111 2,450 3,560
District of Beaufort 140 3,474 4,919
District of Florida 123 3,147 3,948
Northern District 214 5,533 6,924
Total 647 14,699 19,505
Pieces of artillery.
Command Aggregate Heavy Field
General headquarters 154 ... ...
Hilton Head District 4,778 (a) (a)
District of Beaufort 5,316 25 6
District of Florida 5,097 (a) (a)
Northern District 7,894 89 12
Total 23,239 114 18
a Number of guns omitted from district returns.