War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 0100 Chapter LIX. OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA.

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HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Pocotaligo, S. C., January 20, 1865.

Brigadier General M. F. FORCE,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: I am directed by the Major-general commanding to say that you may withdraw the regiment sent to Salkehatchie bridge this morning, General Mower having found it impossible to cross the river.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. CADLE, JR.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Pocotaligo, S. C., January 20, 1865.

Colonel WAGER SWAYNE,

Forty-third Ohio Volunteers:

COLONEL: The Major-general commanding directs me to say to you, in forwarding the inclosed order for the destruction of the railroad, that he wishes it done in the most perfect manner, every tie burned and every rail warped and bent. It is five miles to the river, but I hardly suppose you can quite reach the river on account of the enemy. You will continue your work from day to day until finished.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. CADLE, JR.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. FIRST Brigadier, FOURTH DIV., 17TH ARMY CORPS,

Pocotaligo, S. C., January 20, 1865.

Captain WARE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

SIR: I have just returned from the front with my command. Lieutenant-Colonel Hibbets reports that his regiment was attacked by about 300 cavalry, Colonel Colcock. Third South Carolina. Three rebels are known to be killed and probably more. The Thirty-second Ohio Infantry lost 1 lieutenant captured, and 1 man slightly wounded. Major-General Mower is still out, but will return to-night. He could not effect a crossing of the river on account of the rain raising the stream. The First Division met no enemy. The ambulances and ammunition returned with me.

I am, captain, your obedient servant,

B. F. POTTS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS LEFT WING, ARMY OF GEORGIA,

Savannah, Ga., January 20, 1865.

Bvt. Major General J. C. DAVIS,

Commanding Fourteenth Corps:

GENERAL: The Major-general commanding directs me to say that you had better the movement of your corps for the present until the storm subsides. He will send you further orders should he desire you to resume the march.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ROBT. P. DECHERT,

Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.