DECEMBER 20, 1864.
Respectfully referred to battery commanders, who will execute this order.
The two Napoleons of Lieutenant Richardson's section will immediately move, with their caissons, to the pontoon bridge in Savannah; the other guns will be disabled and ammunition destroyed without noise.
By order of Brigadier-General Mercer:
Chief of Artillery.
NEAR IZARD'S, December 20, 1864.
(Via Hardeeville. Received 5. 30 p. m.)
General G. T. BEAUREGARD:
The enemy fired upon us at various times to-day until dark with artillery from works near Izard's.
Savannah, GA., December 20, 1864.
Major-General WHEELER, Commanding Cavalry Corps:
GENERAL: I am directed by Lieutenant-General Hardee to say that the C. S. steamer Savannah, Captain Thomas W. Brent, C. S. Navy, commanding, will remain at Screven's Ferry, or in vicinity, for forty-eight hours after the evacuation of Savannah. To enable Captain Brent to save his crew, which will pass on the road from Screven's Ferry to Hardeeville, the general directs that you will keep him well advised on the movements of the enemy, and especially to inform him of any movements threatening the line of communication to Hardeeville in time to save his crew.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
T. B. ROY,
POCOTALIGO, December 20, 1864.
Enemy reported leaving Tullifinny. Be sharply on the lookout for them on New River line, and inform me promptly if they appear.
(Same to Colonel Colcock.)
POCOTALIGO, December 20, 1864-3. a. m.
(Received 9. 30 a. m.)
I am ordered by General Hardee to Hardeeville, and to place myself in communication with you. Please indicate the least force of infantry which will be needed near Izard's; and if you want light artillery how much.
W. B. TALIAFERRO.