War of the Rebellion: Serial 092 Page 0956 Chapter LVI. OPERATIONS IN S. C., GA., AND FLA.

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CHARLESTON, December 13, 1864-1 p. m.

Major General SAMUEL JONES:

Your attention is specially called again to safety of defenses of New River and east of the Screven's Ferry Causeway; they are as essential to safety of forces in Savannah as the position you now hold. Send in time [to] those points any re-enforcements required to hold them; about 450 men are being sent to-day to General Hardee; you are authorized to divert them to those points if necessary.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

COOSAWHATCHIE, December 13, 1864.

Major STRINGFELLOW:

There is no change in immediate front. Enemy is very busy cutting an avenue from his battery on his extreme left to command the railroad just below this point. He was, I think, hauling heavy guns last night, from the noise and the urging on of animals heard all night. It is too foggy to observe the number of vessels.

W. T. TALIAFERRO,

Brigadier-General.

COOSAWHATCHIE, December 13, 1864.

Major STRINGFELLOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

The enemy are shelling the Dawson Bluff battery and the railroad in vicinity of these headquarters from a battery on Gregory's Neck. Send and engineer to strengthen the works at Dawson Bluff at once.

W. B. TALIAFERRO,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

POCOTALIGO, December 13, 1864-4. 30 p. m.

Brigadier General W. B. TALIAFERROM,

Coosawhatchie:

General Young has just telegraphed that the enemy has crossed the river at Taylor's, and are eight miles of Red Bluff. Send the men and the three pieces of artillery to Hardeeville, and notify General Yound.

By order:

CHAS. S. STRINGFELLOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GRAHAMVILLE, December 13, 1864.

Major C. S. STRINGFELLOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Fleet report; One ship of the line, one steam frigate, one sloop of war, one cutter, four gun-boats, eight armed vessels, forty-six sail transports, one ocean steamer, five river and tug boats; total transports, fifty-two; grand total, sixty. The river boats actively plying among the fleet off Hilton Head; four schooners going seaward, no troops aboard. No boats passed down Broad River this a. m.

R. J. BROWNFIELD,

Lieutenant and Signal Officer.