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moment he can do it I will have him push a division to the Big Black. Please, therefore, move only to McDonald's, establishing your crossing; make every possible effort to get your wagons filled with bread stuffs.

Very respectfully,

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS

Young's Bridge, near Lynch's Creek, February 27, Numbers 54.

1865.

The movement on Cheraw will be continued to-morrow.

Major General J. A. Mower, commanding First division, will have the advance and will move forward at 7 a.m.

The First Regiment Michigan Engineers, Colonel J. B. Yates commanding, will follow the troops of the First Division with their ambulances and tool-wagons. Thei train will follow the train of the First Division.

Brigadier General M. F. Force, commanding Third Division, will follow the First Division.

Bvt. Major General G. A. Smith, commanding Fourth Division, will follow the Third Division and be prepared to move at 9 o'clock.

The Ninth Illinois Mounted Infantry, Colonel S. T. Hughes commanding, will move forward at 6. 30 a.m. The pontoon train will follow the train of the Third Division.

The troops will move by the side of the train, keeping to the right. Corps headquarters train will move with the train of First Division headquarters.

By command of Major General F. P. Blair:

C. CADLE, JR.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Lynch's Creek, S. C., February 27, 1865.

Captain C. CADLE, Jr.,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Seventeenth Army Corps:

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report my command in camp about three-quarters of a mile from the bridge. I propose, it meeting your approbation, to cross all my train to-night and left the troops remain this side until morning. In the event of a heavy rain and the water rising will move at once.

I am, captain, very truly, yours,

M. F. ROCE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

February 27, 1865.

Brigadier General M. F. FORCE,

Commanding Third Division:

The major-general commanding directs me to say that he wishes your train to follow the Fourth Division train, which will cross as soon as the First Division train is over. You will park your train and the