War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 0452 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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soon Savannah City and Fort Pulaski, and I want the garrison of that fort to enable me to carry out with certainty the orders from General Sherman. A part of the regiment is already with General Hatch 250 men will be enough for Pulaski.

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE SOUTH,

Hilton Head, S. C., February 16, 1865.

COMMANDING GENERAL CONFEDERATE FORCES,

DEPARTMENT OF SOUTH CAROLINA, &C.,

Charleston, S. C.:

GENERAL: I have the honor to inform you that I have been authorized by Lieutenant-General Grant, commanding the Armies of the United States, to excharge all the Confederate officers and men now held as prisoners of war within the limits of my command. these number at present about 500, and are mostly officers. I propose to exchange them rank for rank, and where officers of equal rank cannot be obtained, to be governed by the cartel agreed upon in 1862 regulating equivalents. Should this proposition be favorably entertained by you, I request you to appoint an officer to meet Lieutenant-Colonel Woodford, of my staff, and arrange the necessary details. Lieutenant-Colonel Woodford is authorized by me to act in my behalf in all matters connected with the proposed exchange.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE SOUTH,

Hilton Head, S. C., January 16, 1865.

Bvt. Major General C. GROVER,

Savannah, Ga.:

You will at once send a force to relieve the present garrison at Fort Pulaski. The relief must be between 200 and 300 strong, commanded by a good officer. Order the regiment now at Fort Pulaski to proceed to Combahee Ferry, with three days' cooked rations and camp and garrison equipage, and report to General Hatch. The regiment must not leave any effective officers or men behind.

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE SOUTH,

Hilton Head, S. C., February 16, 1865.

Lieutenant THOMAS J. ROBINSON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Jacksonville, Fla.:

LIEUTENANT: Your letter of the 11th instant to Major-General Foster, informing him of the capture of the expedition under Lieutenant-Colonel Wilcoxson, and also of the serious illness of General Scammon, was duly received. I am directed by Major General Q. A. Gillmore, commanding the department, to extend to you his thanks for the informa-