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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 29.

In the Field, S. C., February 1, 1865.

The following are the orders for the movement to-morrow:

1. The Ninth Illinois Mounted Infantry, Lieutenant-Colonel Hughes commanding, will move forward at 7 a.m. on the road they or now on to Whippy [Swamp] Post-Office, there taking the road leading to the road the column is now on.

2. Major General J. A. Mower, commanding First Division, will move his train across the swamp at 6 a.m., and will move his command forward at 7 a.m., having the advance.

3. Brigadier General M. F. Force, commanding Third Division, will move forward at 7 a.m., following the Third Division.

4. Bvt. Major General S. A. Smith, commanding Fourth Division, will move forward at 7 a.m., following the Third Division.

5. The bridge train will follow the Third Division, being prepared to move at 7 o'clock.

The train of department headquarters and of these headquarters will follow the First Division.

By command of Major General F. P. Blair:

C. CADLE, JR.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Harrison's Plantation, S. C., February 1, 1865.

Captain C. CADLE, JR.,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Seventeenth Army Corps:

SIR: I have encamped to obtain information since coming over here with regard to the enemy's position on the northeast bank of the Salkehatchie. I have seen but one man who has any knowledge of their position. He states that the rebels have twelve pieces of Artillery at Broxton's Bridge, and are fortified there. He also says that ten miles beyond, at Buford's Bridge, they have two pieces of Artillery. I will do all I can to obtain further information.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOS. A. MOWER,

Major-General, U. S. Army, Commanding Division.

HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Whippy Swamp, S. C., February 1, 1865.

Brigadier General M. F. FORCE,

Commanding Third Division, Seventeenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: The Major-general commanding directs me to say to you that you will bring the brigade of your command that is on the Whippy Swamp Post-Office road across to this road at a sufficiently early hour to-morrow to enable them to march with the command.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. CADLE, JR.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, on Whippy Swamp, S. C., February 1, 1865.

Brigadier General M. F. FORCE, Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: I am instructed by Major-General Blair to inform you that the brigade from your command ordered up with the mounted infantry