War of the Rebellion: Serial 066 Page 0470 S. C., FLA., AND ON THE GA. CAST. Chapter XLVII.

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CHARLESTON, May 4, 1864.

Honorable J. A. SEDDON, Secretary of War:

General Whiting urges that certain obstructions placed in Savannah River be removed to facilitate transportation of Government cotton. Is it your wish that the obstructions be removed?

SAM. JONES,

Major-General.

CHARLESTON, May 4, 1864.

General S. COOPER:

Can any of the State reserves of Georgia [and] South Carolina be called out to supply in part the places of the troops removed?

SAM. JONES,

Major-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 104.

Richmond, May 4, 1864.

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XXVII. Brigadier General Thomas Jordan is hereby relieved from general staff duty.

XXVIII. The Macbeth Artillery, Captain Jeter, is relieved from duty in Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and will proceed by highway to Asheville, N. C., and report to Colonel J. B. Palmer, commanding District of Western North Carolina.

By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHARLESTON, S. C., May 4, 1864.

General JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON, Dalton, Ga.:

Charleston is not threatened, but I am sending off last infantry brigade to Virginia under urgent orders from War Department, and require Jackson's brigade here soon as possible.

SAM. JONES,

Major-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF S. CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA,

Charleston, S. C., May 4, 1864.

Commodore D. N. INGRAHAM,

Commanding C. S., Naval Forces Ashore, Charleston, S. C.:

COMMODORE: Having been called upon by the War Department to forward to Virginia a very considerable portion of my effective troops, it becomes necessary to make every effort to provide for the safety of this department, and especially of this city. In view of this I have entered into communication with his honor, the mayor of Charleston, requesting him to organize the very efficient fire brigade of this city into companies for service in case the necessity arises. The same proposition has been made to the presidents of the different railroad companies, and will doubtless be cordially responded to. I have also ordered all the detailed men in my different staff departments to be organized into companies for local