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this order by reporting to their commanding officers, or, if they cannot reach them, to these headquarters, within the next twenty days, will receive a free pardon, except the deduction of their wages for the time they have been absent and one month's additional deduction.

III. All other persons not in said organizations who are so absent without leave will also report to their respective commands within twenty days, and will be executed from any degrading punishment.

JOSEPH E. BROWN.

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

Charleston, S. C., December 26, 1864.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond:

GENERAL: I have the honor to inclose herewith for your information a copy of a communication of the 17th instant from Major General William T. Sherman, U. S. Army, demanding the surrender of Savannah and its dependent forts, and copy of my reply to that demand. *

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. J. HARDEE,

Lieutenant-General.

CHARLESTON, S. C., December 26, 1864.

Major-General McLAWS,

Pocotaligo:

(Through Major-General Jones.)

Hold your command for the present at Pocotaligo. Take immediate command of the line from Hardeeville to Pocotaligo. Gather in all supplies in the country. Have line of Combahee examined by staff officer.

W. J. HARDEE,

Lieutenant-General.

CHARLESTON, December 26, 1864.

Major-General WHEELER,

Hardeeville:

It is intended to hold on to line from Hardeeville to Pocotaligo. It will be necessary for you to hold on to New River.

W. J. HARDEE,

Lieutenant-General.

CHARLESTON, December 26, 1864.

Major-General WHEELER,

Hardeeville:

It is intended to hold on to line from Hardeeville to Pocotaligo. It will be necessary for you to hold on to New River.

W. J. HARDEE,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY COPS,

Hardeeville, December 26, 1864-11. 30 a. m.

Colonel J. W. CLADWELL,

Commanding Brigade:

COLONEL: The major-General commanding directs that you will move with your command to some point near Robertsville where forage can be procured. This order is given on account of the scarcity of forage here. You will use the most diligent efforts to keep the men from straggling on the march. On selecting a camp you will establish

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* See p. 737.

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