brigades, and one section near the rear of the train. The wagons belonging to the batteries will march immediately in rear of the advanced infantry. This corps being the extreme left of the army makes it necessary that the trains should be kept well closed up, and the troops well in hand and ready for instant action.
By command of Bvt. Major General A. S. Williams:
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, FIELD ORDERS,
TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 7.
Near Beech Branch, S. C., February 6, 1865.
This command will move to-morrow at 6. 30 a.m. Order of brigades: Third, First, Second, Selfridge's.
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By command of Bvt. Major General John W. Geary:
W. T. FORBES,
HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,
Fort Fisher, February 6, 1865.
Rear-Admiral D. D. PORTER,
Commanding North Atlantic Blockading Squadron:
ADMIRAL: The rebels at one time had the guns of Fort Caswell in casemates of wood to fire through sloping embrasures, but subsequently, doubting if these embrasures would stand navy fire, took the guns out of the main work and placed them on the covered way. The question whether guns en barbette or in embrasure are most serviceable and reliable is a very important one in our harbor defenses, and General R. Delafield, chief engineer, U. S. Army, is desirous of having it tested on the embrasures of Fort Caswell. If you can spare a vessel for several hours' practice I should be happy to accompany it and arrange with the commander the details of the experiment.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
C. B. COMSTOCK,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Brevet Brigadier-General, Chief Engineer.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE SOUTH, Numbers 2.
Hilton Head, S. C., February 6, 1865.
Commissioned officers at Hilton Head and Beaufort, en route for Sherman's army, will forthwith report in person to Brigadier General Henry Prince, at Hilton Head, for orders.
By command of Major General J. G. Foster:
W. L. M. BURGER,
HDQRS. COAST DIVISION, DEPARTMENT OF THE SOUTH,
Pocotaligo, S. C., February 6, 1865.
Major General W. T. SHERMAN, U. S. Army:
GENERAL: The enemy have evacuated their works at Salkehatchie bridge. I am rebuilding the turnpike bridge, and will cross a column