Abstract from return of the District of West Florida, Colonel George D. Robinson, Ninety-seventh U. S. Colored Troops, commanding, for November 30, 1864. January
Present for duty. Pieces of artillery.
Command. Office Men. Aggreg Aggreg Heavy. Field.
rs. ate ate
t. t and
Headquarters. 2 . . . 2 2 . . . . . .
First Brigade 49 1. 473 1. 902 1. 983 2 5
Second 46 865 1. 149 1. 459 . . . . . .
Nineteenth 23 375 551 684 . . . . . .
Fort Pickens 8 158 222 231 90 . . .
Fort 12 252 334 388 32 . . .
Total. 140 3. 123 4. 160 4. 747 124 5
HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Station Numbers 9 1/2, December 1, 1864-8 a. m.
Commanding Army of the Tennessee:
GENERAL; Yours of date November 30 just received. To the information conveyed about Lee, Hood, &c., obtained from Hardee's officer, the General-in-chief says, "All right. " The army is moving and destroying railroad; the Left Wing is also moving.
I am, General, respectfully, &c.,
L. M. DAYTON,
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,
Kent's Farm, opposite Station 8, December 1, 1864.
Major General W. T. SHERMAN,
Commanding Military Division of the Mississippi:
GENERAL: I have just returned to camp from Station 13. We have here a good plank road from our Savannah road to the river. About twenty-four feet of planking and stringers were removed from the bridge. We now have a good foot bridge, and will soon have repairs made so as to throw over cavalry and artillery, as well as infantry, if there should be need.
On the arrival of a company of the Twenty-seventh Missouri about forty mounted rebels departed in haste. I had the depot, a large quantity of lumber, ties, &c., and portions of the railroad track destroyed. I have directed General Blair to continue along the railroad, destroying it as he goes, and directed General Osterhaus to move opposite Numbers 7 to-morrow. I am a little in the dark as to your intention. Please inform me as far as you can consistently, that I may conform to your wishes as to the length of march, &c.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
O. O. HOWARD,
*Bvt. Brigadier General Joseph Bailey, temporarily absent with cavalry expedition under General Davidson.