War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 1126 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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HEADQUARTERS LEE'S CORPS,

Orangeburg, February 8, 1865-7 p. m.

Colonel JOHNSON,

Commanding, Branchville:

COLONEL: Jackson's brigade, of Clayton's division, has been ordered to join you to-morrow morning. Impress upon your commanders the importance of holding our line, and urge them to extraordinary vigilance. An additional force of cavalry has been ordered to our right flank.

C. L. STEVENSON,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS LEE'S CORPS,

Orangeburg, February 8, 1865.

Colonel JOHNSON,

Commanding Brigade:

COLONEL: General Stevenson directs that you hold your position. Jackson's [brigade], of your [Clayton's] division, will be at Binnaker's to-night or early to-morrow morning.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. W. RATCHFORD,

Assistatn Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS LEE'S CORPS,

Orangeburg Court-House, February 8, 1865.

COLONEL COMMANDING JACKSON'S BRIGADE:

COLONEL: General Stevenson directs me to inform you that ammunition is now being sent you from Branchville, and a few bowes of Branchville you will fill your cartridge-bowes, secure a guide, and march at once to Binnaker's Bridge. If the ammunition, acaliber 69, has not arrived when you are ready to march you will leave the men who require that caliber, under charge of a good officer, who will follow as soon as he gets the ammunition.

On arriving at Binnaker's Bridge the senior officer will take command. Send the wagon that carries you the ammunition from Branchville to General Deas at Holman's Bridge.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. W. RATCHFORD,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

ORANGEBURG, February 8, 1865.

E. M. GILBERT,

Superintendent Railroad, Brannchville:

The Dr. Thompson is sent to carry cotton to Carleston. Will it be used therefor? I wish to send about 100 militia by rail to Kingsville. When can they go?

C. L. STEVENSON,

Major-Gemeral, Commanding.