IX. A forage equal to a brigade, from the troops present of the First Division, Fifteenth Army Corps, in command of Colonel Thomas Curly, Twenty-seventh Missouri Infantry, will proceed to-morrow morning, the 14th instant, following the Seventeenth Corps, to Port Royal Ferry, at which point they will receive further orders from the Major-general commanding.
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By order of Major General O. O. Howard:
SAML. L. TAGGART,
OFFICE CHIEF QUARTERMASTER, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Savannah, Ga., January 12, 1865.
Major MAX. WOODHULL,
MAJOR: I have no alternation to make in my statements to you last night in relation to the embarkation of the First Division. I do not think that the Seventeenth Army Corps will complete its embarkation before some time to-morrow, but will advise you as soon as I can find out. I do not think any of the Second Division can be embarked before Monday morning, unless you desire to send the troops before the transportation. I will see you to-night, and may know more about it them.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
G. L. FORT,
Lieutenant Colonel and Chief Quartermaster, Fifteenth Army Corps.
HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Thunderbolt, Ga., January 13, 1865.
Major MAX. WOODHULL,
Asst. Adjt. General, Fifteenth Army Corps, Savannah, Ga.:
MAJOR: I have the honor to report that I sent off three regiments this morning. I have now left one small regiment from each brigade which I have retained for the purpose of furnishing details to load the wagons. If the Second Division comes down to-morrow morning they will be able to commence sending troops off. I have two additional wharves built which will facilitate the shipment of the corps very much.
I am, Major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
CHAS. R. WOODS,
HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Beaufort, S. C., January 13, 1865.
Major General J. A. MOWER,
Commanding First Division:
GENERAL: I am directed by the Major-general commanding to say to you, in sending the inclosed order, that as soon as the brigade is laid the command will commence crossing. Colonel Kirby will make his movement for the capture of the pickets as soon as it is dark, and