War of the Rebellion: Serial 092 Page 0710 OPERATIONS IN S. C., GA., AND FLA. Chapter LVI.

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strength has been series of intercepted dispatches of which I have the honor to annex copies. * It gives the strength of the enemy in charleston and to the northern part of the harbor. I am not of opinion that these dispatches were intended as a ruse to mislead us. the only method by which I can ascertain with any degree of certainty the strength of the enemy will be by attacking his outposts, which I consider myself sufficiently strong to do. Troops left Charleston yesterday, one light battery from Mount Pleasant, and 3 officer and 100 men from Sullivan's Island; further is not known. The flag of truce is still in operation.

I have the honor to be, lieutenant, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. SCHIMMELFENNIG,

Brigadier-General, Commanding District.

P. S. -At this moment the Hancox has arrived bringing dead bodies from the flag-of-truce boat. Her captain reports that prisoners-exchanged to-day have informed him that it was reported in Charleston that Savannah surrendered to-day with 10,000 prisoners after a fight of eight hours. Nothing official from Colonel Mulford.

Respectfully,

A. SCHIMMELFENNIG,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

GENERAL

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT AND FIELD ORDERS,

ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, Numbers 33.

Near Savannah, GA., December 14, 1864.

The major-General commanding the Army of the Tennessee publishes the following order of the General-in-chief with great satisfaction. The thanks of the army are due to Brigadier-General Hazen and his command for the distinguished service they have rendered. +

By order of Major General O. O. Howard:

SAML. L. TAGGART,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT AND FIELD ORDERS,

ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, Numbers 194.

Little Ogeechee, near Savannah, GA., December 14, 1864.

First, corps commanders will hold their reserve troops, without artillery, in readiness to be moved around to the right by transports. Second, Major-General Osterhaus, commanding Fifteenth Army Corps, is charged with the holding of Fort McAllister and King's Bridge. The attention of corps commanders is again called to the necessity of keeping the road to King's Bridge in good hauling condition.

By order of Major General O. O. Howard:

SAML. L. TAGGART,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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*Not found.

+See Special Field Orders, Numbers 131, p. 111.

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