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SPECIAL

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

In the Field, Savannah, Ga., Numbers 17.

January 18, 1865.

I. Brigadier General William Harrow, U. S. Volunteers, reporting to the general commanding, by order of Major-General Howard, commanding Department and Army of the Tennessee, will report in person to the Adjutant-General U. S. Army, Washington, D. C., for assignment. The quartermaster's department will furnish transportation.

II. Brigadier General William Vandever, U. S. Volunteers, is hereby transferred from the Department of the Tennessee to the Department of the Cumberland, and will report in person to Bvt. Major General J. C. Davis for assignment to duty.

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By order of Major General W. T. Sherman:

L. M. DAYTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL

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

In the Field, Savannah, Ga., Numbers 18.

January 18, 1865.

I. Major General H. W. Slocum, commanding Left Wing, will to-morrow, January 19, turn over to Major General J. G. Foster, commanding Department of the South, the command and charge of the city of Savannah, Ga.

II. Major-General Foster will thereon relieve the guards, patrols, and fatigue parties belonging to General Geary's command and assign a commander for the post and city of Savannah, to be governed by existing orders and instructions from these headquarters.

By order of Major General W. T. Sherman:

L. M. DAYTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,

Beaufort, S. C., January 18, 1865.

Major General W. T. SHERMAN,

Commanding Military Division of the Mississippi:

GENERAL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of 16th instant relative to movements, &c. I had already directed a scouting party to reconnoiter toward Gillisonville. General Blair reports that the party found the enemy (Artillery and cavalry) about six miles beyond Gillisonville. They were obliged to return to Coosawhatchie, capturing, however, a surgeon, lieutenant, and ten men of the enemy. The officer in command then struck off via Grahamville toward Robertsville. When within eight miles of that point they ran upon the enemy's picket. They learned from a prisoner captured from the Third South Carolina Cavalry that one division of Wheeler's cavalry, with seven pieces of Artillery, was at Robertsville. Citizens on the road confirm this statement. General Blair further reports that a party sent last evening (17th) to Salkehatchie found the enemy still

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