The general desires me to say the order is satisfactory to him, and, in modification, has only instructed General Logan to remain in his present camp until such time as the Twentieth Corps, now passing, can get by him onto the left-hand road via Mark's Creek.
I am, general, yours, with respect,
L. M. DAYTON,
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,
Easterling's, S. C., March 6, 1865.
Commanding Army of the Tennessee:
GENERAL: Captain Duncan, commanding a small party of scouts dressed in rebel uniform, has just returned, having proceeded this morning to Laurel Hill, where he found a small squad of militia on picket. He left them undisturbed, returning by Springfield. The road he went out on (known as the Telegraph road) connects with the Easterling's Mill and Fayetteville road at Laurel Hill. At Springfield Captain Duncan saw a Doctor McCrea, with the rank of major in the rebel army, who, taking his party for rebels, inquired where Sherman's army was, and if there was any probability of its coming that way. On being told that it might possibly come there, he replied, "IF it does we will be badly fooled, as our are all going to Charlotte, expecting Sherman to go up there. " The Easterling's Mill road is generally called the old Stage road.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Colonel, Provost-Marshal-General, Army of the Tennessee.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT AND FIELD ORDERS,
ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, Numbers 54.
Easterling's Mills, S. C., March 6, 1865.
Major General John A. Logan, commanding Fifteenth Army Corps, will move to-morrow to the crossing of Crooked Creek. The brigade on duty in Cheraw will move with the bridge train after the return of the mounted infantry from Florence, following the left wing of the Fifteenth Army Corps (via the road by Quick's Church) to Springfield. The Seventeenth Army Corps will remain at Crooked Creek until the arrival of the bridge train. These headquarters will be established during to-morrow at or near Brightsville.
By order of Major General O. O. Howard:
A.m. VAN DYKE,
HEADQUARTERS FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
On Phill's Creek, S. C., March 6, 1865.
Captain A.m. VAN DYKE,
Asst. Adj. General, Department and Army of the Tennessee:
CAPTAIN: I have the honor to inform you, for the information of the commanding general, that the force of mounted infantry sent to destroy