War of the Rebellion: Serial 092 Page 0664 Chapter LVI. OPERATIONS IN S. C., GA., AND FLA.

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DECEMBER 8, 1864 - 11 a. m.

General WILLIAMS:

GENERAL: General Slocum wants to have all the trains and the Third Division started on this road as soon as possible, and have them get as far forward to-night as they can.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. PERKINS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH CORPS,

Near Heim's Mills, GA., December 8, 1864.

Brigadier-General GEARY,

Commanding Second Division:

GENERAL: The general commanding directs that your command be in readiness to move at 7 o'clock to-morrow morning. He directs that all the pioneers of your division report at daybreak to-morrow to Lieutenant Ludlow, at General Slocum's headquarters.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ROBT. P. DECHERT,

Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH CORPS,

On the March, December 8, 1864 - 12 m.

Brigadier General W. T. WARD,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: The general commanding directs that you move all the trains of the corps at once on the road the troops have taken to-day. He wishes you to push forward as far as possible to-day, and to report your position this evening.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ROBT. P. DECHERT,

Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,

Forks of the Road, December 8, 1864.

Captain R. P. DECHERT,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Twentieth Army Corps:

CAPTAIN: I am using every effort to get the trains forward. The roads have all given out, and need repair. My train will not get in until after midnight, maybe not until morning. Wagons are scattered from here to Springfield. The train started from there after dark.

Very respectfully,

W. T. WARD,

Brigadier-General,

Per SPEED,

Assistant Adjutant-General.