HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,
Near Savannah, GA., December 21, 1864.
Captain L. M. DAYTON,
Aide-de-Camp, Military Division of the Mississippi:
It was reported at sunrise by Brigadier-General Leggett that the enemy had evacuated his works; subsequently, by Brigadier General G. A. Smith, that the large fort was in his possession and that the enemy was reported to have gone to Hardeeville, S. C. I have directed an immediate pursuit.
O. O. HOWARD,
SPECIAL HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT AND FIELD ORDERS ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, NO. 201.)Savannah, GA., December 21, 1864.
I. Colonel Woods, commanding Seventy-sixth Ohio Infantry, First Brigade, First Division, Fifteenth Army Corps, is appointed provost-marshal of that portion of the city of Savannah east of Bull street (a continuation of the White Bluff road), and will enter at once upon his duties as such, reporting without delay for further instructions to Brigadier General John W. Geary, Second Division, Twentieth Army Corps, commandant of the post of Savannah.
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III. Major General P. Joseph Osterhaus, commanding Fifteenth Army Corps, will picket all roads from the plank road around to his left (facing to the rear), former right. Major-General Blair, commanding Seventeenth Army Corps, will cause the brigade of Brigadier-General Sprague to remain in its present position on the canal until further orders, and will give instructions for it to picket all roads in its vicinity as far east as the Darien road.
By order of Major General O. O. Howard:
SAML. L. TAGGART,
HEADQUARTERS FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Savannah, GA., December 21, 1864.
Captain SAMUEL L. TAGGART,
Asst. Adjt. General, Department and Army of the Tennessee:
CAPTAIN: In reply to your communication of date, I have the honor to report the capture by my command of 13 pieces of artillery, 8 pieces in front of First Division and 5 pieces in front of Fourth Division. The troops are disposed of as follows: The First Division on the right of Savannah road, inside and parallel to works; the Third Division in prolongation of First Division line, reaching across Gulf railroad; the Fourth Division inside the lines of First and Third Divisions, with a brigade thrown across Gulf railroad at the crossing of Fort Jackson