War of the Rebellion: Serial 092 Page 0768 OPERATION IN S. C., GA., AND FLA. Chapter LVI.

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HEADQUARTERS LEFT WING, ARMY OF Georgia,

December 20, 1864-8 a. m.

Captain L. M. DAYTON,

Aide-de-Camp, Military Division of the Mississippi:

CAPTAIN: I am now fully prepared to execute any orders the General-in-chief may issue. All our batteries are finish, but the six 20-pounders guns have not yet come. As soon as they are received I think I can silence the enemy's guns and make a successful assault. If you have any information as to the 20-pounder guns I wish you would give it to me. I have teams waiting for them. I have a brigade on the South Carolina shore.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. SLOCUM,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, December 20, 1864-12 m.

Major-General SLOCUM,

Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: Yours of 8 a. m. just to hand. The General-in-chief has not yet returned from the Bay. I expect him this p. m., when yours shall be placed before him. Being five miles from the dock, and all the staff with the General, I am unable to give you any information as regards the 20-pounders, but will try to find out, and will write you promptly all I can learn. There is no news, and no later papers than you have seen.

I am, General, with respect, &c.,

L. M. DAYTON,

Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, December 20, 1864-5 p. m.

Major-General SLOCUM,

Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: General Howard reports being ready; but the General-in-chief has not returned, and has not, to my knowledge, authorized any orders. We are therefore in a respectable condition to remain quiet until he gives orders of execution. Word from King's Bridge says plenty of rations there; also oats, &c.

I am, General, with respect,

L. M. DAYTON,

Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Before Savannah, GA., December 20, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel H. C. RODGERS,

A. A. G. and Chief of Staff, Left Wing, Army of Georgia:

I have the honor to state for the information of the general commanding that the regiment required was ordered to report to Colonel Beckwith, at King's Bridge, for fatigue duty this morning. Efforts