War of the Rebellion: Serial 092 Page 0942 OPERATIONS IN S. C., GA., AND FLA. Chapter LVI.

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distant. We cannot dislodge them with small pieces; it might be done by a movement from the direction of Tullifinny bridge. I have ordered them fired into.

L. J. GARTRELL,

Brigadier-General.

SAVANNAH, December 9, 1864.

(Received 6. 55.)

General S. COOPER:

I arrived here this morning to confer with General Hardee.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

SAVANNAH, December 9, 1864.

(Received 6. 45.)

General S. COOPER;

Enemy's forces are reported to be on river road, Middle Ground road, Central railroad, and Louisville road, about ten miles from city.

G. T. BEAUREGARD,

General.

SAVANNAH, December 9, 1864.

(Received 10. 55.)

General S. COOPER:

Brigadier-General Elliott, being temporarily in the department, has been assigned to command Third Sub-District of South Carolina during the present emergency.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

SAVANNAH, GA., December 9, 1864.

Lieutenant General W. J. HARDEE,

Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: It is my desire, after the consultation that has taken place, that you should hold this city so long as in your judgment it may be advisable to do so, bearing in mind that should you have to decide between a sacrifice of the garrison or city, you will preserve the garrison for operations elsewhere.

Very respectfully, yours, &c.,

G. T. BEAUREGARD,

General.

SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS, Numbers 203.

In the Field, Savannah, December 9, 1864.

I. Major-General Ransom is placed temporarily in command of the Second and Third Sub-Districts of South Carolina.

II. Colonel Alfred Rhett is placed temporarily in command of Second Sub-District of South Carolina.