him to let one division work on the railroad till 12 m. to-morrow, and then follow the other two divisions, which will start in the morning with the train.
O. O. HOWARD,
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,
Near Crotchpen Swamp Creek, S. C., February 13, 1865.
Major General JOHN A. LOGAN, Commanding Fifteenth Army Corps:
GENERAL: I arrived here 1. 15 p. m. The column is not far behind. My headquarters will be near a church about twelve miles from Orangeburg and thirteen miles from Sandy Run Post-Office, I think, near Big Crotch Swamp, as marked on the map. Captain Reese will reconnoiter and try to strike your column. The enemy is burning forage, cotton, &c., in our front. If have leavese any cotton don't fail to burn it. I will meet you to-morrow morning at Sandy Run Post-Office, but should you arrive first,, please push a division across Sandy Creek so as to give us possession of the mills if the rebels have not destroyed them. I received your report of operations this morning, and congratulate you heartily on your success. *
O. O. HOWARD,
HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Rucker's Plantation, S. C., February 13, 1865
Major MAX. WOODHULL,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Fifteenth Army Corps:
MAJOR: I respectfully report that I left camp near Shilling's Bridge at 10 o'clock this a. m. (I crossed to the side of the North Edisto during the night) and following General Corse on the road toward Sandy Run Post-Office until within about one mile and a half from my present camp, I took a road leading me to Rucker's plantation, where I am in camp, about one mile to the left of the main road, facing northwest. My headquarters are near the house of Mrs. Rucker.
I am, major, very respectfully,
C. R. WOODS,
HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Big Crotchpen Creek, S. C., February 13, 1865.
Major MAX. WOODHULL, Assistant Adjutant-General:
I have the honor to report that this division broke camp at 10 a. m. to-day and arrived at this point at 4 p. m. My headquarters are on the main Columbia road, half a mile south of Big Crotchpen Creek. In the affair of yesterday 2 men were killed and 4 wounded. Our captures were 57, comprising several officers.
I am, respectfully,
W. B. HAZEN
*See extract, Part I, p. 225.