War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 0116 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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should start with five days' issued, and from 200,000 to 250,000 rations stored in the holds of the vessels. This will give a supply that will last until more could be got to them. As soon as transports for a division are ready they might be sent to Fortress Monroe to report by telegraph for orders.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

WASHINGTON, D. C., January 23, 1865-3. 50 p.m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT,

City Point:

Some time since orders were sent to General Thomas to forward to Savannah, via New York, all fractions of regiments, &c., belonging to the corps under General Sherman. General Meagher telegraphs to-day from Pittsburg that he has 7,000 men and wants transports ready in New York, but General Van Vliet says that he cannot furnish them if he sends transports here to meet Schofield's corps. To which shall be transports be given first? If Meagher's command stops in New York it is feared that very many will desert, and there are no quarters for them on Governor's Island. Please reply immediately.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

CITY POINT, January 23, 1865-7 p.m.

(Received 7. 30 p.m.)

Major-General HALLECK,

Washington:

Order Meagher to Alexandria. We will send Schofield's corps first, and add this detachment to it until such time as it can be got to Sherman. It is too late now for it to reach Sherman form Pocotaligo.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Beaufort, S. C., January 23, 1865.

Colonel POE,

Chief Engineer, Savannah:

General Sherman directs that you join him via this place and order the First Michigan Engineer Regiment to follow you in like manner. Apply to General Easton for such transportation as may be required.

L. M. DAYTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Beaufort, S. C., January 23, 1865.

Bvt. Colonel O. M. POE,

Chief Engineer, Military Division of the Mississippi:

COLONEL: By direction of Major-General Sherman I have telegraphed you to join him via this place, and now repeat the instruc-