AUGUSTA, GA., January 30, 1865-11 a. m.
Major-General J. WHEELER, Commanding Cavalry:
GENERAL: Your dispatch of 29th instant just received. I thank you for the prompt information furnished of the movements of enemy. Troops are now arriving from the West and I hope we will soon have force enough to meet the enemy on either side of the river. Have no doubt you will hold them in check long enough for General Hill to get them in position. General Beauregard left Montgomery this morning for Augusta and ought to be here on Thursday. The good people of Augusta are much exerdcised in relation to the rumors of negotations for peace. I believe that Hunter, Stephens, and Campbell have been sent on some mission to the Yankee Government; but what they go to propose has noat transpired. If we could whip Sherman it would help the cause wonderfully just now.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
B. D. FRY,
[JANUARY 30, 1865. -For Wheeler to McLaws, reporting operations, see Part I, p. 1121.]
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS,
Near Lwtonville, January 30, 1865-3. 30 p. m.
Major General L. MCLAWS, Commanding, &c.:
GENERAL: A prisoner captured at 1 o'clock this evening says the Twentieth Corps [is at Robertsville], and that the [rumor in] camp is that they are going to Augusta and that they will remain in camp to-day to learn what force there is in their immediate from and cut out the obstructions.
Respectfully, general. your obedient servant,
CIRCULAR HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS,
January 30, 1865.
Division, birgade, and regimental commanders will see that all cotton is rolled out of the gin-houses and burned as they fall back.
By order of Major-General Wheeler:
D. C. JANKINS,