War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 1064 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., ANE E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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HEADQUARTERS IVERSON'S DIVISION,

January 30, 1865.

Lieutenant M. G. HUDSON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:

LIEUTENANT: The enemy are still crossing the Savannah River. The Twentiieth Corps is now crossing at a point a liffle above Sister's Ferry; the prisoners say not a Sister's Ferry in consequence of torpedoes at that point. The further say that the Twentieth Corps was crossing the river at a point below Sister's Ferry but stopped on account of same accident happening to their pontoons. When it occurred, an entire, they state, was lost.

Very respectfully, lieutenant, your obedient servant,

ALFRED IVERSON,

Brigadier-General.

These statements are made by prisoners belonging to the Twentieth Corps.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF GEORGIA,

Augusta, January 30, 1865-1 p. m.

Brigadier-General IVERSON,

Commanding Cavalry:

GENERAL: Your falling back so far did seem to me most extraordinary. You may have been justified by the nature of the country, but I still think that, under your instructions, you committed an error. It certainly has caused me no little annoyance and embarrasssmennt. However, as I knew you personally, and did not know your command, I thought it must be due to the material with which you, were dealing. In this I may have done them, as well as you, injustice. If so, I am sorry for it. But my experience with the cavalry in this war has not been favorable, and I have made no secret of my opinion. I hope to be no Brier Creek this week and to have an interview with you.

Very respectfully,

D. H. HILL,

Major-General.

MONTGOMERY, ALA., January 31, 1865.

Colonel GEORGE WILLIAM BRENT,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Augusta, Ga.:

Following received:

RICHMOND, January 30, 1865.

Major-General SMITH:

All the available rescources in materials and labor should be first applied to completion of Georgia and the West Point railroads. Nothing should delay these.

J. F. GILMER,

Major-General.

J. B. EUSTIS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.