War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 0690 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,

Cheraw, S. C., March 5, 1865.

Major General F. P. BLAIR,

Commanding Seventeenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: Taking into consideration the question of forage, the general would prefer that you move your command to Bennettsville to-morrow. These headquarters will be established during to-morrow near Easterling's Mills.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A.m. VAN DYKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 58.

Cheraw, S. C., March 5, 1865.

The movement to-morrow will be to Bennettsville.

Brigadier General M. F. Force, commanding Third Division, will have the advance and will move forward at 9 a. m.

Bvt. Major General G. A. Smith, commanding Fourth Division, will follow the Third Division.

Major General J. A. Mower, commanding First Division, will move forward at 9 a. m.

The First Regiment Michigan Engineers, Colonel J. B. Yates commanding, will move forward with their train at 8 a. m. and closing up on the Fourth Division will follow it.

Colonel Yates will cause the road to be placed in repair.

As soon as General Force reaches the town of Bennettsville he will cause it to be properly guarded and prevent the committing of any excesses. He will cause all the provisions in the town to be gathered together, and, if practicable, fill his wagons.

The train of these headquarters will move with the First Division.

By command of Major General F. P. Blair.

C. CADLE, JR.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Cheraw, S. C., March 5, 1865.

Brigadier General M. F. FORCE,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding wishes you to move your train across the river as soon as J. E. Smith's division is over. He wishes you, if practicable to take with you one of the large guns at the depot, that is either a 20-pounder Parrott or a Blakely gun.

Very respectfully,

C. CADLE, JR.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Cheraw, S. C., March 5, 1865.

Major-General SLOCUM,

Commanding Left Wing:

GENERAL: I was on the point of making an order for the next movement, but on looking over my last, Numbers 16, I find it covers the ground up to our next objective. You have the choice of roads, and I understand from Captain Ludlow that you want McFarland's and Love's