of the Ocklawaha. Having the advantage of river navigation, he can reach any point on the upper Saint John's before a force at this point could proceed 20 miles in the proper direction to meet him. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to have a force here to protect Baldwin, and also a force on the upper Saint John's to prevent these raids. Such a force is not now in my command. Indeed, any day when he chooses to do so the enemy can move out to Baldwin and occupy the place. I bring these facts to the notice of the major-general commanding knowing that just at this time he cannot afford a remedy, but hopping that as soon as possible troops may be supplied for the proper defense of these important interest.
I am, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
HDQRS. DEPT. OF S. CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA,
Charleston, S. C., May 26, 1864.
Respectfully forwarded, for information of the War Department.
Attention invited to the unprotected condition of the State of Florida. I am unable, however, to give Major-General Anderson any more assistance at present. Whenever the exigencies of the service will permit it, I earnestly request that some additional troops may be sent to this department.
JUNE 8, 1864.
Respectfully returned to Adjutant-General.
For the present General Jones' only reliance for assistance must be on the reserves.
ADJUTANT AND INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE,
June 23, 1864.
Respectfully submitted to the Secretary of War.
H. L. CLAY,
JUNE 27, 1864.
General Bragg's remarks concurred in.
J. A. S.,
CHARLESTON, S. C., May 20, 1864.
General B. BRAGG,
Your telegram of to-day received. The Twelfth Georgia Battalion, 410 men, left here on the 18th. The Eighteen Georgia Battalion, 225 men, left by passenger train yesterday. The Twentieth