War of the Rebellion: Serial 092 Page 0974 Chapter LVI. OPERATIONS IN S. C., GA., AND FLA.

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COOSAWHATCHIE, December 20, 1864.

Major STRINGFELLOW:

The enemy still occupy the Neck in force. I can ascertain no charge in his position on my front.

GEO. P. HARRISON, Jr.,

Colonel, Commanding.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF S. CAROLINA, Georgia, AND FLORIDA,

Cheves' House, December 21, 1864.

Major-General McLAWS,

Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: Lieutenant-General Hardee directs that you assume command of the three division en route for Hardeeville-your own, Smith's, and Wright's-and direct and regulate their march to that place.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

T. B. ROY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

POCOTALIGO, December 21, 1864.

(Received 1 o'clock 22d.)

President JEFFERSON DAVIS:

General Hardee reports to-day from Hardeeville that evacuation of Savannah was successfully accomplished last night. All light artillery and most of the stores and munitions were brought off; the heavy guns were spiked and otherwise disabled. Line of defense behind Combahee River will be taken soon as practicable.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

HARDEEVILLE, December 21, 1864.

(Received 22d.)

His Excellency JEFFERSON DAVIS:

On the 19th the enemy forced a landing on the South Carolina side, so near my communication that to save the garrison it became necessary to give up the city. Its evacuation was successfully accomplished last night. All the light artillery and most of the stores, munitions, &c., were brought off. I learn that there is a misapprehension as to the force disposable for the defense of Savannah. it summed up, land side and water side, militia, reserve, dismounted cavalry, local and details, 9,089.

W. J. HARDEE,

Lieutenant-General.

SPECIAL FIELD

HDQRS. DEPT. OF S. G., GA., AND FLA., ORDERS, Numbers 17. Hardeeville, S. C., December 22, 1864.

The following disposition of troops will be carried into effect with the least practicable delay:

I. Major General G. W. Smith's command, consisting of a division of Georgia militia, and including Pruden's battery, will proceed to Augusta, GA., via Charleston.