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SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. COAST DIV., DEPT. OF THE SOUTH, NO. 11.

Deveaux's Neck, S. C., December 19, 1864.

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II. Colonel E. N. Hallowell, commanding Second Brigade, will dispatch the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Volunteers and the Thirty-third U. S. Colored Troops to the lower landing, to embark to-night, and will himself at these headquarters for instructions.

III. Brigadier General E. E. Potter will place a regiment of his command, to replace the Thirty-third U. S. Colored Troops, in the rifle-pit to the left of the right battery, and one, to replace the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Volunteers, on the right of the same battery. This disposition will be made at once.

By order of Brigadier-General Hatch:

LEONARD B. PERRY,

Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

CITY POINT, VA., December 20, 1864-2 p. m.

Honorable . M. STANTON, Secretary of War:

Colonel Babcock, of my staff, has just returned from bearing dispatches to Sherman. As he visited and saw all the army with Sherman I have thought it might prove interesting to you to see him. He will leave in the mail-boat in the morning with a copy of Sherman's letter. *

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,

City Point, Va., December 20, 1864.

Colonel A. H. MARKLAND,

Special Agent Post-Office Department, Eutaw House,

Baltimore, Md.:

I would be pleased to have you obtain the authority from the Postmaster-General to go to Savannah and arrange for the regular transmission and distribution of the mails for General Sherman's army. I understand Mrs. Markland desires to accompany you; if so, she has permission to go.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

[DECEMBER 20, 1864. -For the "effective strength" of General Sherman's army, see p. 16.]

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,

Near Savannah, GA., December 20, 1864.

Colonel A. BECKWITH,

Military Division of the Mississippi:

General Giles A. Smith has but two brigades (Colonel Pott's included), and his division has been selected for making a lodgment on the enemy's works; therefore I wish to have Colonel Pott's brigade rejoin

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*Of December 16, p. 726.

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