AUGUSTA, February 4, 1865.
OFFICER COMMANDING DETACHMENT OF STOVALL'S BRIGADE:
SIR: General Beauregard directs that you will repair at once with your detachament of 160 men to Major General D. H. Hill. You will report in preson to General Hill for orders.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
GEORGE WM. BRENT,
Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.
RICHMOND, February 4, 1865.
Lieutenant General W. J. HARDEE:
Explain the causes why the cotton at Savannah was not destroyed before its evacuation.
Adjutant and Inspector General.
BRANCHVILLE, Feburary 4, 1865.
(Received 12 o'clock.)
General S. COOPER:
Wheeler reports enemy moving up the right bank of the Salkehatchie, northwardly toward Fiddle Pond.
W. J. HARDEE,
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF GEORGIA,
Feburary 4, 1865.
Major General G. W. SMITH:
GENERAL: The Yankees forces the crossing at Rivers' Bridge yesterday. McLaws has retored to Branchville. General Beauregard directs that you hurry up to Spirit Creek. A train will be sent down to-night for 500 of your men to come up to Augusta to aid in removing cotton. Captain Barnes ie ordered to bring up the four Parrotts on a flat. General B. wants one of your batteries placed on a flat, the horses coming by dirt road, to guard Big Horse Creek. Browne is ordered up to Allen's Station, and the battery with him must come up too. Keep cooked rations continually on hand.
D. H. HILL,
February 4, 1865.
Brigadier General WILLIAM M. BROWNE,
Commanding Local Brigade:
GENERAL: General Beauregard directs that you leave fifty men, under a good officer, at Rae's Bridge, and bring thhe rest to Spirit Creek, reporting to General Smith. The battery must accompany you. Communicate your retirement to General Iverson, and that you have directed your men to burn the bridge as soon as he hass crossed over. Left them have combustible material on the bridge and everything ready to burn it as soon as cavalry has retired.
D. H. HILL,