War of the Rebellion: Serial 092 Page 0888 OPERATIONS IN S. C., GA., AND FLA. Chapter LVI.

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OCONEE, November 23, 1864.

Captain R. W. B. ELLIOTT:

The enemy reported fighting our pickets at Ball's Ferry, four miles below here. I am going there with part of my command.

A. L. HARTRIDGE,

Major, &c.

OCONEE BRIDGE, November 23, 1864.

Captain R. W. B. ELLIOTT,

Assistant Adjutant - General:

I left one man killed and one wounded at Ball's Ferry. There will probably be fighting here tomorrow. If Captain Brown has reported send him back with supplies; also, 2,000 cartridges (57) at once.

A. L. HARTRIDGE,

Major, &c.

OCONEE, November 23, 1864.

Captain R. W. B. ELLIOTT:

Major Hartridge has gone to meet the enemy at Ball's Ferry. Our forces are fighting the enemy on the other side of the river, at the end of the trestle - works.

W. A. REID,

Lieutenant and Acting Adjutant.

OCONEE, November 23, 1864.

Captain R. W. B. ELLIOTT,

Assistant Adjutant - General:

Lieutenant - Colonel Thompson has arrived here with the Fourth Kentucky Infantry (mounted), consisting of eighty men.

A. L. HARTRIDGE,

Major, &c.

HEADQUARTERS,

Macon, GA., November 23, 1864 - 11 p. m.

Major - General WHEELER,

Commanding Cavalry Corps, in the Field:

GENERAL: The lieutenant - General commanding directs that you furnish him at the earliest practicable moment with any information you may have relative to the enemy's movement toward the Oconee - whether he is going directly toward the railroad bridge from this side, or is moving to cross the river below the railroad bridge, with the view of striking the railroad again at Davisborough or Tennille; and also such information as you may have from General Wayne, who, when last heard from, was proceeding to east side of the Oconee to take position at railroad bridges, with eleven pieces of artillery and about 500 or 600 men. If you possess any information on these points when this reaches you, you will communicate it at once to these headquarters. He further directs you to cross the Oconee without delay, place yourself in front of the enemy, and inform General Wayne relative