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GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. FIRST DIV., 15TH ARMY CORPS,

Numbers 83.

Savannah, GA., December 31, 1864.

I. The general commanding having returned to duty, Colonel James A. Williamson, Fourth Iowa Infantry, will reassume command of the Third Brigade of this division.

By order of Brigadier General C. R. Woods:

FRED. H. WILSON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. SECOND DIV., 15TH ARMY CORPS,

Numbers 77.

Fort McAllister, GA., December 31, 1864.

The troops of the United States being about to temporarily vacate the country west of the Ogeechee River, and the people south of the Gulf railroad, on what is known as Bryan Neck, being destitute of provisions, Mr. Maxwell, Doctor Johnson, and Mr. Cranston, residents, are hereby appointed a committee to ascertain the number and wants of the people on said Neck, both the black and white; also, to, without delay, take possession of the rice now in the Middleton Mills, guard the same, supplying from it the wants of said people. No more than two weeks' supply will be furnished any family at any one time. Frequent inspections by officers of the army appointed for that purpose will be made, to see that this order is complied with fairly and in good faith.

By order of Brigadier General W. B. Hazen:

G. LOFLAND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. SECOND Brigadier, SECOND DIV., 15TH ARMY CORPS,

OFFICE ACTING ASSISTANT INSPECTOR-GENERAL,

Near Savannah, GA., December 31, 1864.

Captain C. A. EARNEST,

Actg. Asst. Insp. General, Second Div., Fifteenth Army Corps:

SIR: I have the honor to submit the following record of events of the Second Brigade, Second Division, Fifteenth Army Corps, from the 15th to the 31st of December, 1864:

On the 17th instant the command left camp near Fort McAllister, for the purpose of destroying the Gulf railroad at and near McIntosh Station, GA., as directed by General Orders, Numbers 70, headquarters Second Division, Fifteenth Army Corps. About 12 m. the 18th the command encamped at McIntosh Station, and commenced the destruction of the road, and by the evening of the 20th had effectually destroyed, by burning the ties and twisting the rails, nine miles of railroad.

Morning of the 21st broke camp at 6 a. m., and commenced the return march for Fort McAllister. On the road received orders; remained in camp until the 29th, when the command moved to present camp, four miles west of Savannah.

Total number of miles marched, forty-five.

Very respectfully, yours,

THOS. O. PEIRCE,

Captain and Acting Assistant Inspector-General.