HDQRS. THIRD DIV., 15TH ARMY CORPS,
Near Scull's Creek, GA., December 4, 1864.
I. This command will move at 6. 30 a. m. this day. The order of march will be the same as on the 1st instant.
By order of Brigadier General John E. Smith:
S. M. BUDLONG,
SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS,
HDQRS. FOURTH DIV., 15TH ARMY CORPS,
In the Field, Hodges' Plantation, GA., Numbers 24.
December 4, 1864.
I. This command will move to-morrow, the 5th instant, at 5 a. m., and march to the junction of the upper and lower Savannah roads, opposite Guyton (or Numbers 3), near Branhan's Store. The pioneer corps will move at the head of the column, followed by the battery; the First Brigade will move in the center, on either side of the trains; the Third Brigade will bring up the rear. The trains will move as follows: First, the pioneer corps train; second, the Second Brigade train; third, the First Brigade train; fourth, the Third Brigade train; fifth, the ambulances; sixth, ordnance train; seventh, the supply train.
By order of Brigadier General John M. Corse:
HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Near Station 5 1/2, GA., December 4, 1864.
Captain S. L. TAGGART,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Dept. and Army of the Tennessee:
CAPTAIN: We have marched sixteen miles to-day, and we encamped opposite Station 5 1/2. Have destroyed nine miles of railroad. My cavalry have been to near 4 1/2, and skirmished with the enemy from this point all the way, the last part very heavy. The enemy are on the other side of the Little Ogeechee River, reported to be fortifying. The are estimated at from 2,000 to 5,000 strong, and have artillery. They have burned the railroad bridge over the Little Ogeechee River. I shall have to use my pontoons there to-morrow. One of my staff and another officer who was with him in the advanced with the cavalry report to me that Captain Duncan, commanding scouts from your headquarters, and the two of his men who were shot were disgustingly drunk to-day, and that had they been sober his men would probably not have been wounded.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
FRANK P. BLAIR, Jr.,
HDQRS. SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Station 5 1/2, GA., December 4, 1864.
I. The Forty-first Illinois Battalion, Major McFadden commanding, is hereby temporarily detached from the Fourth Division, and assigned to duty at these headquarters as provost guard, and will forthwith report accordingly.