camp a week and should take rations, &c., accordingly. This party will doubtless be called upon to meet the enemy in boats, and the general wishes you to select them with that view.
W. B. DEAN,
Lieutenant, 127th New York Volunteers, Actg. Asst. Adjt. General
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST FLORIDA,
Barrancas, August 24, 1864.
Major C. T. CHRISTENSEN,
Asst. Adjt. General, Hdqrs. Mil. Div. of West Mississippi:
MAJOR: I have the honor to submit, in connection with my report of 20th instant, Numbers 876, the following additional information received from refugees and deserters relative to the movements of the enemy:
All of the Fifteenth Confederate and Seventh Alabama Cavalry at Pine Barren Bridge and this side of the Escambia River, as well as the two companies at Milton, have been ordered to the Tensaw River-partially replaced by new militia companies of boys and old men. The news from Atlanta was discouraging to the rebels, and they had given up all hopes of holding the place. Rumors were also prevalent that Grant had been successful at Petersburg. This information dates to the 16th instant.
Very respectfully, major, your obedient servant,
WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, August 24, 1864.
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3. On being relieved from this duties as depot quartermaster at Memphis, Tenn., Colonel A. R. Eddy will proceed without delay to Hilton Head, S. C., and report in person to Major-General Foster, commanding, and enter upon his duties as chief quartermaster of the Department of the South, under his appointment of August 6, 1864.
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By order of the Secretary of War:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
HDQRS. DEPT. OF S. CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA,
Charleston, S. C., August 25, 1864.
Major General J. G. FOSTER,
Commanding Department of the South, Hilton Head:
GENERAL: I received your letter of the 21st instant yesterday. The U. S. soldiers, prisoners of war at Andersonville, Ga., are in no way whatever under my control, and I therefore cannot undertake to deliver them the sanitary stores you desire to send without the
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