War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 0612 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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that they are going to Cheraw and are about 1,200 strong. The Ninth Illinois found the enemy (infantry) in line about four miles and a half this side of Cheraw. Their lines was over half a mile long. The Ninth Illinois skirmished with them until they found their strength, and then returned to camp. The cars have been running in and out of Cheraw all day, and the whistle blowing continually.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRANK P. BLAIR, JR.,

Major-General.

P. S. -Deserters report that the garrison of Wilmington and Charleston collecting at Cheraw are strong, and that they except to make a stand there.

FRANK P. BLAIR, JR.,

Major-General.

General Joe Johnston is in command at Cheraw; Beauregard and Hardee are there also.

FRANK P. BLAIR, JR.,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Thirteen Miles from Cheraw, S. C., February 28, 1865.

Brigadier General M. F. FORCE,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs me to inform you that there will probably be no movement to-morrow. He wishes you to load your empty wagons with corn if possible, sending strong guards with trains.

Very respectfully,

C. CADLE, JR.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Thirteen Miles from Cheraw, S. C., February 28, 1865.

Brigadier General M. F. FORCE,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding instructions me to direct you to intrench your front line to-night.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. CADLE, JR.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Hanging, Rock, S. C., February 28, 1865-7 a.m.

Major-General SLOCUM,

Commanding Left Wing:

GENERAL: Yours of 10 p.m. 27th just received. General Sherman instructs me to say General Kilpatrick is still at Lancaster. When General Davis passes this road you should notify General Kilpatrick, in order that he may conform his movements to General Davis'.

I am, general, with respect, &c.,

L. M. DAYTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.