War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 1124 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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ORANGEBURG, February 8, 1865.

General HARDEE,

Charleston:

I hold the Edisto to Duncan's Bridge with seven brigades. No cavalry co-operating to my knowledge.

C. L. STEVENSON,

Major-General.

ORANGEBURG, February 8, 1865-1. 30 p. m.

General HARDEE,

Charleston:

I hold as far as Holman's and Duncan's Bridges. Binnaker's has been burned. The cavalry have appeared in front of it and New Bridge-as yet only cavalry. I havae not heard from Wheeler for two days. I am trying to find him. I have no cavalry but couriers and scouts. I know of no confederate cavalry on my right flank.

C. L. STEVENSON,

Major-General, Commanding.

ORANGEBURG, February 8, 1865-4 p. m.

General HARDEE,

Charleston:

I am in communication with General Wheeler, and will keep you advised of movements on the right. Bridges as far up as Holman's have been destroyed, the enemy having appeared in small force at that point.

C. L. STEVENSON,

Major-General.

ORANGEBURG, February 8, 1865-6. 45 p. m.

General HARDEE,

Charleston:

The enemy's cavalry has approached my line at several points to-day, but have made no demonstration. Sent Wheeler's battery to-day to Columbia. Wheeler is at Davis' Bridge.

C. L. STEVENSON,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS LEE'S CORRPS,

Orangeburg, February 8, 1865.

(Memorandum for division commanders only.)

It is of the utmost importance that the line of athe Edisto should be held as long as possible. With that view you will wxtend your lines so as to co-operate fully with those on your right and left. If it has not been done the bridges in your front should be thoroughly destroyed and every approach to the river strongly guarded until Jackson's brigade, of Clayton's division, reaches Binnaker's Bridge. General Palmer will guard the river to within two miles of that bridge. The