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HEADQUARTERS FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Anderson's Plantation, GA., December 18, 1864.

Brigadier-General WOODS,

Commanding First Division:

GENERAL: The major-General commanding desires that you report in person at these headquarters at once.

I am, General, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

F. F. WHITEHEAD,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Anderson's Plantation, December 18, 1864.

General E. W. RICE,

Commanding First Brigade, &c.:

In the execution of the crossing to-night be careful to caution the officer you place in charge of the enterprise to observe the utmost secrecy. Fascines and boat will be delivered at or near the reserve picket on the Lone Tree dike. Do not fail to commence as early after dark as practicable, and as soon as a lodgment is effected push over 100 or 200 men with entrenching tools sufficient to cover themselves at once. Notify me as soon as you are confident your party has succeeded.

Very respectfully,

JNO M. CORSE,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,

Near Savannah, GA., December 18, 1864.

Major General F. P. BLAIR,

Commanding Seventeenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: The major-General commanding directs me to send you inclosed copy of letter* from Major-General Sherman, and top say that he depends on you to continue your preparations for an early assault. He will see you in person and confer further on the subject.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

SAML. L. TAGGART,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,

Near Savannah, GA., December 18, 1864.

Major General F. P. BLAIR, Jr.,

Commanding Seventeenth Army Corps

GENERAL: The major-General commanding instructs me to direct you to cause parties to be at once employed in the construction of fascines, for the purpose of corduroying at different points from the mainland to the east branch of the Little Ogeechee. They should be made of some light material, and he suggests rice straw as the most practicable and convenient.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

SAML. L. TAGGART,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Same to Major-General Osterhaus).

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*See p. 743.

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