War of the Rebellion: Serial 092 Page 0780 OPERATIONS IN S. C., GA., AND FLA. Chapter LVI.

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HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH CORPS,

Savannah, GA., December 21, 1864.

Brigadier-General GEARY,

Commanding Second Division:

GENERAL: By direction of Major-General Slocum, commanding Left Wing, Army of Georgia, you are hereby placed in temporary command of the city of Savannah. You will at once established such regulations as are necessary to preserve order throughout the city.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. PERKINS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,

Savannah, GA., December 21, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel H. W. PERKINS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Twentieth Corps:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that a detachment of my troops occupy Fort Jackson. It was found evacuated and is occupied by two regiments from my First Brigade. The captures there are fifteen heavy guns, and considerable ammunition and other material, the amounts of which have not yet been reported to me.

I am, Colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNO W. GEARY,

Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding Division.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH CORPS,

Savannah, GA., December 21, 1864.

Brigadier General J. W. GEARY,

Commanding Second Division:

GENERAL: The general commanding directs me to say that the troops of your command now at the rice mills on the river will be relieved to-morrow morning by other troops. The mill is still running.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ROBT. P. DECHERT,

Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,

Fort Jackson, GA., December 21, 1864.

Captain WILLIAM T. FORBES,

Actg. Asst., Adjt. General, Second Division, 20th Army Corps:

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report that, in compliance with orders received from Colonel Ario Pardee, commanding First Brigade, Second Division, Twentieth Army Corps, the Twenty-eighty Regiment Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry and Twenty-ninth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in all numbering 572 enlisted men and 16 commissioned officers, took possession of Fort Jackson at 7 a. m., this 21st of December, 1864. The fort was found to have been fired by