HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH CORPS,
Before Savannah, GA., December 19, 1864.
Colonel E. A. CARMAN,
Commanding Second Brigade, First Division:
COLONEL: The general commanding directs me to say that the pioneer corps of your brigade, with their wagon, has been ordered to report to you at once. He directs that in your defense you may make use of the dikes wherever you can.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
ROBT. P. DECHERT,
Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
HDQRS. SECOND Brigadier, FIRST DIV., TWENTIETH CORPS,
December 19, 1864.
Lieutenant GEORGE ROBINSON,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, First Division, 20th Corps:
LIEUTENANT: I have the honor to report that the enemy have again opened upon our force across the river with artillery; and Colonel Hawley reporting that it was impossible to hold his position without more troops, I have moved the remainder of my brigade over, with the exception of three companies of the One hundred and fiftieth New York Volunteers, and have established my headquarters upon the South Carolina shore. I would also say that I need some intrenching tools if I am to remain there.
E. A. CARMAN,
Colonel, Commanding Brigade.
HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,
December 19, 1864.
Respectfully forwarded for the information of the brigade-General commanding the corps, with the request that a portion at least of the tools loaned to General Geary be returned to Colonel Carman, commanding Second Brigade, on Argyle Island.
N. J. JACKSON,
HEADQUARTERS 101ST Illinois VOLUNTEER INFANTRY,
Near Savannah, GA., December 19, 1864.
Captain A. E. LEE,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Third Brigade:
CAPTAIN: I have the honor to make the following report of the expedition under my command to-day, in accordance with the order issued yesterday from your headquarters:
The expedition, consisting of two companies from each regiment of the brigade, with one wagon from each regiment and one wagon from each brigade and division headquarters, numbering in all about 200 men, started from the camp of the One hundred and first Illinois Volunteers about 7 a. m. this morning, and proceeded to Monteith, where I