War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 0434 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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SPECIAL ORDERS

HDQRS. SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 42.

Near Taylor's Bridge, S. C., February 15, 1865.

The orders for to-morrow are:

1. Bvt., Major General G. A. Smith, commanding Fourth Division, will have the advance and will move forward at 7 a. m.

2. Major General J. A. Mower, commanding First Division, will follow General Smith, being prepared to move at 8 o'clock.

3. Brigadier General M. F. Force, commanding Third Division, will follow the First Division, being prepared to move at 9 o'clock.

4. The trains will move in rear of the troops in the same orders as the divisions. Each division commander will leave two regiments with his train.

The Ninth Illinois Mounted Infantry will be prepared to move at 7 o'clock, and will received orders from Captain Henley, aide-de-camp.

By command of Major General F. P. Blair:

C. CADLE, JR.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS LEFT WING, ARMY OF GEORGIA,

Cross-Roads, Two Miles South of Lexington, S. C.,

February 15, 1865.

Bvt. Major General J. C. DAVIS,

Commanding Fourteenth Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you move your corps on the road to Columbia, marching through Lexington, starting to-morrow morning at 6 o'clock. When you reach Leaphart's he wishes you to report to him.

Very respectfully, your obedient servantl,

ROBT. P. DECHERT,

Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General

HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Boozer's House, February 15, 1865.

Brigadier General W. P. CARLIN,

Commanding First Division, Fourteenth Army Corps:

From the best information that can be obtained Wheeler's cavalry is now passing through Lexington toward Columbia. The general commanding directs that you get your division under arms immediately and push on into Lexington, getting possession of the Columbia road and remaining there to-night. One brigade of the Twentieth Corps has been ordered forward, but may not have reached the town. You will take command of this brigade in addition to your own force, by order of General Slocum through General Davis. General Wheeler has been driven by Generals Morgan and Kilpatrick in much confusion.

I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. C. McCLURG,

Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.