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HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI, FIELD ORDERS,

In the Field, Savannah, Ga., Numbers 8.

January 10, 1865.

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IV. Captain Platt M. Thorne, Company H, One hundred and fiftieth Regiment New York Infantry Volunteers, is hereby assigned as Chief of ordnance for the Left Wing, and will report for duty to Major General H. W. Slocum, commanding.

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By order of Major General W. T. Sherman:

L. M. DAYTON,

Aide-de-Camp.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,

Beaufort, S. C., January 10, 1865.

Honorable e. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

SIR: I have allowed the corps commanders of this army to raise a colored regiment each for pioneer work. The Seventeenth Corps has succeeded in raising about 800 men. I respectfully request the same authority to appoint officers for these organizations as that received by the commanding general Department of the South. The regimental organization is superior to the ordinary pioneer force, commanded by detailed officers, and is much better in point of economy.

Respectfully,

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,

Beaufort, S. C., January 10, 1865.

Major General F. P. BLAIR, Jr.,

Commanding Seventeenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: I feel surprised, after the precautions that have been taken by yourself and officers, to find that many depredations have been committed near this place, and certain things done that would disgrace us even in the enemy's country, e. g., the robbing of some negroes and abusing their women. Please ascertain, if possible, approximately, the amount of damage wantonly committed on the island, and have it assessed on the brigade or regiment guilty.

Respectfully,

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH CORPS,

Savannah, Ga., January 10, 1865.

The attention of division and subordinate commanders in this corps is again called to the necessity of immediately putting their commands in readiness for another campaign. The men must be thoroughly clothed and equipped. Requisitions must be at once made on the quartermaster's and ordnance departments to put the command in

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