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veniently. On reaching the railroad he desires you to destroy a short section toward Augusta and then push on in the direction of Jacksonborough. We shall try to reach a point on the railroad a little north of Millen to-morrow night; and when convenient the general would like you to communicate with him.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. C. RODGERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

ORDERS.] HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH CORPS,

Near Birdville, GA., December 1, 1864.

This corps will march this morning through Birdville, as follows: Second Division at 7 a. m. ; First Division at 8 a. m. ; Third Division at 9 a. m. The cavalry will precede the column, starting at 6. 30 a. m. General Geary will march two unincumbered brigades and a battery of artillery as an advanced guard, and General Ward two unincumbered brigades and a battery of artillery as a rear guard. The Michigan Engineers will march in rear of the advanced guard, starting at 7 a. m. Their tool wagons will accompany them; the balance of their train will march immediately in rear of the train of the leading division. The pontoon train will precede the train of the leading division. The other trains and the artillery will march as heretofore ordered.

By command of Brigadier General A. S. Williams:

ROBT. P. DECHERT,

Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

ORDERS.] HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH CORPS,

Bark Camp Creek, GA., December 1, 1864.

The march will be continued to-morrow in the same order as to-day, toward Millen. Each division will start at 6 a. m. The Michigan Engineers, the pontoon train and all other trains, and the artillery, will occupy the same places in the column as to-day, and will be ready to start at 6 a. m. The cavalry will march at 5. 30 a. m. The brigadier-General commanding desires to have the whole corps reach Buck Head creek to-morrow night. During the march to-morrow each brigade commander will send out a foraging party of fifty men, to fill, as far as possible, all the forage and subsistence wagons, gathering all the sweet potatoes and other vegetables that can be found. These parties can be sent out on the flanks of the column for a distance of two miles, within which limit an abundance of all required stores can be found. Under no circumstances will any party be allowed to forage in advance of the column, and any party so found will be arrested. All foragers must be provided with a pass and authority, as required by existing orders. Colonel Hughes, commanding cavalry, will arrest and send to the rear all unauthorized persons found straggling in front of the column. Attention is again called to the existing orders prohibiting unauthorized firing by foragers.

By command of Brigadier General A. S. Williams:

ROBT. P. DECHERT,

Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.