War of the Rebellion: Serial 092 Page 0540 OPERATIONS IN S. C., GA., AND FLA. Chapter LVI.

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train; sixth, the supply train; seventh, the ambulance train. At the forks of the road, the ordnance and other trains in the rear will wait until the brigades and their trains get on the Irwinton road.

By order of Brigadier General John M. Corse:

L. CARPER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,

Gordon, GA., November 24, 1864.

Major General F. P. BLAIR, Commanding Seventeenth Corps:

GENERAL: Your dispatches received. I think the order of march of yesterday answers your suggestions. You can mass your rear division at Station 15, if you wish, till you secure a practicable point of crossing. If no use can be made of the railroad bridge, it must be destroyed; I will look out for the bridges across Commissioner's Creek in this vicinity, and have them destroyed. Please communicate with me at this point to-night, if possible, and let me know whether you can find any practicable point of crossing except at Ball's Ferry. If none other can be found within a reasonable distance from the railroad, your bridge will be sent there.

Respectfully,

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General.

P. S. --The bridge train is now here. I want you to take your section and put it in shape as soon as you can. Painful cases of robbery have come to my knowledge, as money stealing, &c.

O. O. H.,

Major-General.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,

Gordon, GA., November 24, 1864--9 p. m.

Major General F. P. BLAIR, Commanding Seventeenth Corps:

GENERAL: Your dispatch is just received. You may move to Ball's Ferry. I think Osterhaus' advance reached here this evening, so that there will be no haste needed. I prefer that you should threaten the Oconee railroad bridge until your bridge is down at some other point. I will join you to-morrow. Everything is up, cattle and all, and your bridge section sent on. The approach of Slocum's column to Sandersville will make the enemy uneasy; it will be near there to-morrow.

Respectfully,

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

November 24, 1864.

Brigadier General M. D. LEGGETT, Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: The major-General commanding directs that you cause two miles of road to be destroyed to-night, from the station toward the town.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. CADLE, Jr.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.