War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 0985 Chapter LIX. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. --CONFEDERATE.

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GRAHAMVILLE, January 3, 1865.

Major-General McLAWS:

Reliable scouts report at least two divisions of enemy's infantry on this side the river and steam-boats were constantly crossing from Savannah to Screven's Ferry on yesterday. Scouts also report a pontoon laid from Pennyworth's Island to South Carolina bank at Cheves' place. A scout, who was an overseer and thoroughly acquainted on all the rice plantations, went through the swamps to within half a mile of Cheves' place; saw a close column of infantry half a mile long pass from the landing up Cheves' causeway toward Screven's Ferry road; also a small force of infantry appeared at Izard's place.

W. Y. C. HUMES,

Brigadier-General.

RICHMOND, January 4, 1865.

Lieutenant General W. J. HARDEE,

Charleston, S. C.:

The President, in response to your telegram of 2nd instant, directs that the line of your department limits be changed west of Augusta and Millen, embracing approaches. Please indicate the exact line you desire that a corresponding order may be issued from this office.

S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 2.

Richmond, January 4, 1865.

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IV. Lieutenant Colonel T. J. Berry, of the Invalid Corps, is assigned to duty with the Reserves of Georgia, and will report to Major General Howell Cobb, commanding.

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XXXIV. Paragraph XXXIII, Special Orders, Numbers 310, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, December 31, 1864, is hereby revoked, and Major H. D. Bulkley; commissary of subsistence, is assigned to duty as chief commissary of the troops commanded by Lieutenant General W. J. Hardee, Provisional Army, C. S., and will report accordingly.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JOHN WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHARLESTON, S. C., January 4, 1865.

Major-General McLAWS:

Get all of Chesnut's command from Grahamville as soon as possible.

W. J. HARDEE,

Lieutenant-Colonel.