War of the Rebellion: Serial 066 Page 0398 S.C., FLA., AND ON THE GA. COAST. Chapter XLVII.

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In conclusion, the major-general commanding urges that you bear in mind the possibility of your command being endangered by a force moving out from Jacksonville, and while conducting your operations with energy, act also with prudence.

I am, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Assistant Adjutant-General.


Camp Milton, April 1, 1864.

Brigadier General W. M. GARDNER,

Commanding Sub-District No. 1:

GENERAL: I am directed by the major-general commanding to acknowledge the receipt of a copy of a letter to Governor Milton from Nassau, March 7, informing him of the contemplated raid on Tallahassee, via Saint Mark's, and of your communication stating the force at your disposal.

The major-general commanding directs that you hold Capers' battalion and the other forces you mention in readiness at all times to check or repel such a raid, at the same time that a portion of your troops at least so operate in Taylor against the deserters as to prevent their depredations. In this manner the major-general commanding believes you can so check or thwart such a raid (if it should be attempted) as to allow of re-enforcements from East Florida reaching you in time to protect Tallahassee or the planting region in Jefferson, Leon, and Gadsden Counties, and will be sent you on the first intimation of an attempt at landing.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Assistant Adjutant-General.



No. 78. Richmond, April 2, 1864.

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VI. Major General J. F. Gilmer is relieved from duty in the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and will proceed to Richmond and resume his former duties as chief of the Bureau of Engineers.

VII. Major General Samuel Jones will proceed to Charleston, S. C., and report to the commanding general of the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, for assignment to replace Major-General Gilmer, in command of the defenses at Savannah.

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By command of the Secretary of War:


Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHARLESTON, April 2, 1864.

Colonel A. J. GONZALES,

Chief of Artillery:

Pursuant to instructions from you, I have the honor to report the inspection of the light batteries in the First Military District:

First. Santee Light Artillery, Captain C. Gaillard: Only one section is in the First Military District. The guns of this section require