bridge. The bridge or bridges above referred to have been destroyed by the enemy, and he has some force on the other side of the river. The headquarters of the department will be near the head of column of the Seventeenth Corps, probably at Millersville Post-Office. The First Regiment Engineers Missouri Volunteers, Lieutenant Colonel W. Tweeddale commanding, will move as rear guard behind the bridge train.
By order of Major General O. O. Howard:
A.m. VAN DYKE,
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Buford's Bridge, February 5, 1865.
Commanding Fifteenth Corps:
GENERAL: I have instructed General Howard to move the Right Wing and make a lodgment on the South Carolina Railroad in the neighborhood of Bamberg. You may therefore, in anticipation of the movement, make orders for the Fifteenth Corps to take the direct road by Duncanville. Kilpatrick will move by Barnwell, and I have ordered General Williams to cross the Big Salkehatchie by this bridge, then take the Barnwell road out as far as Ayers', where a road branches to Blackville. He will follow that to about Nimmons', trusting to find some road leading up to Graham's or Duncanville. I would like, if possible, that Hazen should be on the north side of the Barnwell [road] by 8 o'clock, so that Williams can pass him, and that the two armies should not get mixed at the place where Hazen's camp now is.
I am, yours, &c.,
W. T. SHERMAN,
HEADQUARTERS FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Dickinson's Plantation, S. C., February 5, 1865.
Commanding Department and Army of the Tennessee:
GENERAL: My corps is encamped at the points indicated by your order of yesterday: First Division at Chitty's, Third at Moye's, and Second at Dr. Hayes'. I sent out to-day to Little Salkehatchie fifty mounted men. Found the bridge burned and the swamp, some 300 yards, badly obstructed, with the enemy posted on the opposite side, said to be one brigade. There is an abundance of meat, forage, &c., in the country.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN A. LOGAN,
HEADQUARTERS FOURTH DIVISION, FIELD ORDERS,
FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 8.
In the Field, S. C., February 5, 1865.
I. The troops of this division will march at 7 a.m. to-morrow, sharp, in the following order, viz:
First. Third Brigade Infantry, Colonel Hurlbut commanding, with the battery moving in rear of its second regiment.