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MONTGOMERY, ALA., January 27, 1865.

Major General D. H. HILL,

Augusta, Ga.:

Assume command of troops as they arrive at Augusta and report numbers to General Hardee. You will send 3,000 effectives to General Hardee should he call for them, provided enemy is not advancing on Augusta. So advise him.

GEORGE WM. BRENT,

Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD SOUTH CAROLINA CAVALRY,

January 27, 1865.

Captain R. W. B. ELLIOTT,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

CAPTAIN: The enemy advanced a force about three miles up this road yesterday, which we checked and held back all day. From information received it appears that this force was sent to protect their flank on this side while their [main] body went into the swamp opposite Mrs. McTier's with pontoons to try and cross the river. They bogged down and were compelled to give it up and retire. My scouts report that they have all gone back to Pocotaligo. Their force was reported to be 7,000 infantry and 250 cavalry.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. J. COLCOCK,

Colonel, Commanding.

I am now reporting to General Wheeler, but will keep General McLaws posted as to the enemy's movements in his front. I understand the general ordered Lowry's company to report to me a week since. They have not done so.

C. J. C.

[First indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS,

Salkehatchie, January 28, 1865.

Colonel FISER:

General McLaws directs that you make inquiries about the crossing mentioned withi and return this paper by courier.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. B. LAMAR, Jr.,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Second indorsement.]

CAPTAIN: There is a ford in the river near McTier's house. The most direct road is to leave the Broxton's Bridge road near Benton's house, distance one mile and a half. Path very good.

Respectfully,

JOHN C. FISER,

Colonel, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD SOUTH CAROLINA CAVALRY,

Whippy Swamp, Januaryu 27, 1865 - 3 o'clock.

Captain R. W. B. ELLIOTT,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

CAPTAIN: I have received orders to fall back and block up the roads behind me. I am now about seven miles from Broxton's Bridge. The