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HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,

January 18, 1865. (Via Hilton Head.)

General SHERMAN:

General Blair finds the enemy's camp at Robertsville. Was not Slocum to occupy that place on the 15th?

O. O. HOWARD,

General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Savannah, January 18, 1865. (Via Hilton Head.)

General HOWARD:

Slocum is not yet up at Robertsville but is at Hardeeville. It will be four days before he gets to Robertsville.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

CIRCULAR.] HDQRS. DEPT. AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,

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

The Major-general commanding with great pleasure publishes to the command the following telegram:

HILTON HEAD, January 17, 1865.

General MEIGS:

The steamer Russia has just arrived from Wilmington with dispatches which will be forwarded immediately. Fort Fisher was captured last Sunday evening by General Terry. Our loss about 500 men; 1 Major-general, 2,000 prisoners, and 75 guns captured.

C. W. THOMAS.

By order of Major General O. O. Howard:

SAML. L. TAGGART,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT AND FIELD ORDERS,

ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, Numbers 16.

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

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III. So much of Special Field Orders, Numbers 11, of date January 13, 1865, from these headquarters, as relieves Colonel M. C. Garber as Chief quartermaster, Department of the Tennessee, being inconsistent with orders from the War Department, is hereby revoked and made void.

IV. The necessities of the service require that the negroes employed in the engineer, commissary, and quartermaster's departments of this army should not be molested by recruiting parties for colored organizations. Recruiting parties are, therefore, expressly prohibited from recruiting any such employee in this Army. If taken in violation of these orders he will be reclaimed, and the person recruiting him arrested and dealt with accordingly. To prevent mistakes officers employing negroes will furnish them with certificates showing by who and how employed.

V. The Seventieth Regiment Ohio Infantry Volunteers will for the present remain in town for the purpose of furnishing details for guard