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has embrasures for about fifteen or twenty guns. It is on the highest ground near the road. I think it the best place to encamp my divis- ion. I have now three parties out, examining the country, hunting rebels, & c. I think none will be found. Respectfully, & c., W. T. WARD, Brigadier- General. [First indorsement.] HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH CORPS, Savannah, Ga., January 3, 1865. Respectfully forwarded for the information of the major-general commanding Left Wing: General Ward has been ordered to encamp his division on the high ground spoken of; and to send reconnoitering parties toward Hardee- yule which is understood to be occupied by but a small force of cavalry. A. S. WILLIAMS, Brigadier- General, Cornmandi~tg. [Second indorsement.] HEADQUARTERS LEFT WINcf, Savannah, Ga., January 4, 1865. Respectfully forwarded for information of the general-in-chief H. W. SLOCUM, Major- General, Commanding. HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH CORPS, Savannah, Ga., January 3, 1865. Brig. Gen. W. T. WARD, Commanding Third Division: GENERAL: Your note of this afternoon is just received. In reply the general commanding directs me to say that he does not wish for the present for you to advance your troops beyond the fortifications where you are now encamped. He wishes you to hold that and all of the roads so as to completely cover the pontoon bridge. You can, however, send out small reconnoitering parties to gather information. The general wishes for the present to avoid any serious fighting on that side of the river. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, H. W. PERKINS, Lieutenant- Colonel and Assistant Adjutant- General- KILPATRICKS HEADQUARTERS, January 3, 1865. Major-General SHERMAN: My people are getting plenty of forage on the other side of Taylors Creek, but are fighting for it. Colonel Atkins, with 1,500 men and two pieces of artillery, crossed this morning and will clean the rebels out. When may I expect to get some horses from the infantry ~ I can feed them now ~iud am very anxious to get ready for the field. Answer, J. KILPATRICK, Brigadier- General.



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Chapter LIX. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.UNION.