War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 1086 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. S., S. GA., AMD E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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[First indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE WEST,

Augusta, Ga., February 5, 1865.

Respectfully forwarded to the War Department for the information of the President.

If it be true, as reported by prisoners and deserters, that Schofieldd's corps (Twenty-third), from Middle Tennessee, and Sheridan's (Ninteenth), from the Valley of Virginia, have joined Sherman's army, it cannot be ectimated at less than 54,000 infantry and artillery-i. e., six corps at 9,000 men each, to whom must be added about 4,000 cavalry, froming a total of not less than 58,000 disciplined and well organized men.

G. T. BEAUREGARD,

General,

[Second indorsement.]

FEBRUARY 16, 1865.

Respectfully submitted to the Presidnet.

S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General.

[Third indorsement.]

Read and returned. The previous reports justified the supposition that a larger force than that stated within was present for duty. The distinction made by the term "relied on as effectives" may account for the differance.

J. D.

MONTGOMERY, ALA., February 3, 1865.

Major-General MCLAWS:

I have ordered McGregor's reserves to River's Bridge to report to you and will telegraph at once to Branchville to send Taliaferro's brigade. Have you any one to Morris' Ford? I will leave here in a hour for Barnwell Court-House.

W. J. HARDEE,

Lieutenanat-General.

BUFORD'S BRIDGE, February 3, 1865-10 a. m.

Major-General MCLAWS:

GENERAL: The Fourth Tennessee and Eight Texas, under Colonel Anderson, have just crossed at the bridge. The rest of General Humes' division was within six miles of Branwell last night, and, I understand is to cross above at Harrison's Ford. Until General Humes comes up Colonel Anderson, with his command, 250 strong, will take up the line