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HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Savannah, GA., December 21, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel A. HICKENLOOPER,

Inspector-General, Seventeenth Army Corps:

SIR: I have the honor to report that the Fourth Division, Seventeenth Army Corps, captured in their from this morning two 31, one 12, and two 6-pounder smooth-bore guns. We are no encamped on the plank road, about one mile out on the right-hand side; our left joining the Third Division near the cemetery; our line running nearly parallel to the road. Please show this to the assistant adjutant-General, as that officer has just called for a similar report.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. H. ALLISON,

Major and Division Inspector-General.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,

Near Savannah, GA., December 21, 1864.

Major General H. W. SLOCUM,

Commanding Left Wing. Army of Georgia:

GENERAL: The enemy evacuated my front between 12 m. and morning. General Sherman is not back. I presume you are by this time in possession of the city. If you are you had better place a division as guard and throw a bridge as soon as possible where Hardee had his. I will join you and co-operative. If Hardee makes a stand at the inner line we will close in on him as soon as possible.

Very respectfully,

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS LEFT WING, ARMY OF Georgia,

Savannah, GA., December 21, 1864-7 a. m.

Captain L. M. DAYTON,

Aide-de-Camp:

I have just arrived here. General Geary occupied the town at 5 o'clock this a. m. with his division. I have for the present placed guards over all public and private property, and await orders from the General-in-chief.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. SLOCUM

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, December 21, 1864- 7 a. m.

General SLOCUM,

Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: Yours 4 a. m. just received. The General-in-chief has on returned. I will notify General Howard at-once of your progress, and if you wish to do anything more than what you propose General Howard will make orders for you.

I am, General, with respect,

L. M. DAYTON.

Aide-de-Camp.