First, on the right, the Fifty-sixth New York Volunteers; second, the One hundred and twenty-seventh New York Volunteers; third, the Fifty-second Pennsylvania Volunteers; fourth, the Twenty-first U. S. Colored Troops.
The One hundred and twenty-seventh New York Volunteers will act as a reserve and hold Fort Shaw.
The Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Volunteers will join that portion of the regiment guarding the rebel prisoners.
The light battery will form in rear of the line of battle.
Each regimental commander will send an officer to report his command in line to the post commander, who will at once proceed to the place of rendezvous with his staff, to superintend the formation of the line.
At the first signal every officer and enlisted man in this command, except the sick excused by the surgeon, will turn out under arms, and, if mounted, with his horse.
District staff officers will repair at once to the district headquarters and report to the brigadier-general commanding.
Post staff officers will, in like manner, report to the post commander. All mounted orderlies will report mounted. The quartermaster will see that all his means of transportation by land and water are ready to move at a moment's notice, and the medical department will have its ambulances and other appliances for the sick in readiness.
The most prompt and thorough compliance with these instructions will be required, and no negligence or failure to respond to the above-mentioned signal call will be overlooked.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE SOUTH,
Hilton Head, S. C., September 15, 1864.
Brigadier General JOHN P. HATCH,
Commanding District of Florida, Jacksonville, Fla.:
GENERAL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 13th instant, stating that certain persons had been allowed by you to pass into our lines under a flag of truce. In reply, I have to state, by direction of the major-general commanding, that no women will be admitted within our lines who have no relatives on this side to take proper care of them. Generally only the wives and families of deserters and refugees are admitted; and they cannot return over the lines again, under any circumstances.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. L. M. BURGER,
HDQRS. DEPT. OF S. CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA,
Charleston, S. C., September 16, 1864.
Major General J. G. FOSTER,
Commanding U. S. Forces, Hilton Head, S. C.:
GENERAL: In reply to your communication of the 10th instant, I have the honor to say that it will not be convenient to me to receive the 5 privates you mention in the Savannah river off Jones' Island.