War of the Rebellion: Serial 092 Page 0676 Chapter LVI. OPERATIONS IN S. C., GA., AND FLA.

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the road to the left; it is a road not laid down on the map. He directs that you place two regiments to hold the road leading to the right, at this church.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant

ROBT. P. DECHERT,

Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH CORPS,

Near Mount Zion Church, GA., December 9, 1864 - 10. 15 a. m.

Brigadier General W. T. WARD,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: The First and Third Divisions are halted here awaiting the train. The enemy are in front of us, and the general deems it imprudent to push the troops farther until the arrival of the train, as it would be too much exposed. The general commanding the corps desires to have you report every two hours the location and state of affairs along the train, where your rear is, &c. In dating your notes, please state hour and place.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. PERKINS,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,

Near Savannah Canal, GA., December 9, 1864.

COMMANDING OFFICER U. S. NAVAL FORCE,

IN THE VICINITY OF SAVANNAH, GA.:

SIR: We have met with perfect success thus far. Troops in fine spirits and near by.

Respectfully,

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General, Commanding Right Wing of Army.

SPECIAL HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI, FIELD ORDERS,

In the Field, near Savannah, GA., Numbers 130. December 10, 1864.

The army having arrived before Savannah, will proceed to invest the place, and to open up communication with our fleet in Ossabaw and Wassaw Sounds.

I. The Left Wing, Major-General Slocum, will make a left thank near the Savannah River above the city, and extend round to a point near the plank road. He is also charged with the utter destruction of the Savannah and Charleston Railroad back to and including the Savannah River bridge, as also the Central Georgia road from his line back to Pooler (Numbers 1). One battalion of the First Regiment Michigan Engineers and Mechanics will be ordered to report to General Slocum, to twist the rails.

II. The Right Wing, Major-General Howard, will extend from General Slocum's right to the Savannah River below the city, or to the Shell road. General Howard is also charged with opening communication with the destruction of the Gulf railroad back to and including the Ogeechee River bridge.