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HEADQUARTERS,

Broxton's Bridge, February 2, 1865.

General HUMES:

I wish you would cross the Salkehatchie with the greater portion of your command and assist in guarding the crossings of that stream from River's Bridge to Buford's and above as far as possible. Leave 300 or 400 men on the other side, with orders to check the enemy as much as possible and watch his movements. Our men will cross at Morris' Ford and assistant in the defense of that place. I hope you can cross at Buford's Bridge and dispose your men for its defense. Colonel Colcock is picking, or has been directed to picket, from River's Bridge as high up toward Buford's as his force will permit. I wish you to relieve him of that duty, as his force is required below Rivers' Bridge. I except more cavalry here early to-morrow, which will report to you.

Respectfully,

L. McLAWS,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS HUMES' DIVISION CAVALRY,

In the Field, February 2, 1865.

Major-General WHEELER,

Commanding Cavalry:

GENERAL: I have just been ordered by General McLaws to cross my main force over the Salkehatchie to aid him in resisting the enemy; and deeming it of the first importance that the enemy be opposed, in obedience to his order, I therefore will cross my division over the Salkehatchie, leaving only a small force to observe the enemy on the roads from Buford's and Barker's Bridges to Barnwell Court-House.

Very respectfully, general, your obedient servant,

W. Y. C. HUMES,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARERS HUMES' DIVISION CAVALRY,

In the Field, February 2, 1865.

Major-General WHEELER,

Commanding:

GENERAL: The enemy are now at Rivers' Bridge. I have fallen back, and will picket so as to cover Barker's and Buford's Bridges My headquarters to-night will be at Angley's Post-Office.

Very respectfully, general, your obedient servant,

W. Y. HUMES,

Brigadier-General.

P. S. - I have had ten or twelve men badly wounded.

Respectfully,

W. Y. C. HUMES,

Brigadier-General.

FEBRUARY 2, 1865-9 p. m.

Major-General HUMES,

Commanding Division Cavalry:

GENERAL: I send by ocurier orders from Major-General McLaws. To cross successfully at Buford's Bridge it will be necessary for you to