War of the Rebellion: Serial 092 Page 0871 Chapter LVI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC, - CONFEDERATE.

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MACON, November 19, 1864.

Major - General McLAWS:

Colonel Ould will declare paroled prisoners exchanged as soon as he can make Yankee delivery. Enemy's movements indicate an advance on Augusta. What defense have you to protect Savannah from land

attack?

W. J. HARDEE,

Lieutenant - General.

SAVANNAH, GA., November 19, 1864.

General HARDEE,

Macon, GA.:

Have no defenses but an inundation, which is not complete and does not cover the crossing of the Charleston railroad one Savannah River. I need the troops on the way to Oconee bridge. Can I recall them?

L. McLAWS,

Major - General.

MACON, November 19, 1864.

Major General L. McLAWS:

The force at the Oconee bridge cannot be spared yet. General Wheeler says that prisoners report that Sherman is going to Savannah by way of Augusta. Be prepared to press negroes if you need them.

W. J. HARDEE,

Lieutenant - General.

Tennille, November 19, 1864.

General McLAWS, or Colonel ANDERSON:

SIR: The Yankee are expected at Oconee bridge. We are determined to dispute their passage and defend the bridge. Please send us if possible one howitzer and caisson, with canister and grape, occupying an open car. We have sone twenty old artillerists cut off from their commands who will man the piece.

WM. A. IRWIN,

Aide - de - cap, Twentieth Military District.

TENNILLE, November 19, 1864.

General L. McLAWS:

Men are mustering fast. I think I can start with 100 in an hour, and have 200 by noon. Shall I press as engine and train to carry men. I have rifles and ammunition.

H. T. HALL,

Major.

TENNILLE, November 19, 1864.

General McLAWS:

No transportation here to move troops. Have sent over fifty cavalry to Oconee bridge. Will have over 100 infantry ready for afternoon train. Captain McKee, at 14, is mustering strong. I leave at once.

H. T. HALL,

Major and Commissary of Subsistence.