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SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 31.

In the Field, Black Creek, S. C., March 2, 1865.

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II. The troops of this division will move at 6 a.m. to-morrow, the First Brigade in advance and the Third Brigade in rear. Two regiments of the advance brigade to march besides the battery and trains; and three regiments of the Third Brigade also thrown forward by the side of trains. Battery and trains in same order as on the 1st instant. The column must be kept closed up. The route will be designated when the movement begins.

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By order of Bvt. Major General John M. Corse:

L. H. EVERTS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, S. C., March 2, 1865-10. 45 a.m.

Captain A.m. VAN DYKE,

Asst. Adjt. General, Department and Army of the Tennessee;

CAPTAIN; I was making preparation to move forward at once on Cheraw, in accordance with inclosed letter from General Sherman,* when I received General Howard's directions to wait. Unless further orders are received I shall move forward to-morrow morning.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRANK P. BLAIR, JR.,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,

Big Black Creek, March 2, 1865-3. 45 p.m.

Major General F. P. BLAIR,

Commanding Seventeenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: Your note of 10. 45 a.m. to-day is just received. The general directs that in accordance with General Sherman's instructions you move forward on Cheraw at as early an hour as possible to-morrow morning. General Corse and Woods are over Lynch, but are detained to Big Black. Hazen and Smith are not yet all across Lynch. Corse and Woods will probably be near to Cheraw to-morrow night.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A.m. VAN DYKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 56.

Thirteen Miles from Cheraw, S. C., March 2, 1865.

I. In accordance with instructions from the major-general commanding the army, directing that for each of our men murdered by the enemy a life of one of the prisoners in our hands should be taken, Major J. C. Marven, provost-marshal, Seventeenth Army Corps, will select from the prisoners in his charge one man and deliver him to Big. General

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*See March 1, p. 631.

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