War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 1144 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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ORANGEBUR, February 10, 1865-10 a. m.

General HARDEE, Charleston:

I am withdrawing to the line of the North Edisto. I think the enemy will endeavor to strike the Columbia road to-day or to-morrow. I have no cavalry to cover my troops; not now sufficient number of scouts.

C. L. STEVENSON,

Major-General.

ORANGEBURG, February 10, 1865-10. 45 a. m.

General McLAWS:

It iis important that Cumming's brigade should hoin me at once; send it immediiately by train held in reserve at Branchville for it. One diviision being detached, I need it to hold the North Edisto. I thing the enemy will try to strike the Columbia road to-day. Send me part of the Tennessee cavalry regiment now at Branchville. I have no cavalry and the roads in my front and flanks are open.

C. STEVENSON,

Major-General.

ORANGEBURG, February 10, 1865.

General McLAWS:

Send some cavalry to guard the North Edisto. From Rowe's Bridge to its mouth it is uncovered.

C. L. STEVENSON,

Major-General.

ORANGEBURG, February 10, 1865.

General McLAWS:

I have a courier-line to Branchville. Inform me by letter of you plans as to holding Branchville, that I may co-operate. I shall hold the North Edisto as long as possible or until you retire.

C. L. STEVENSON,

Major-General.

ORANGEBURG, February 10, 1865.

General McLAWS:

One train is in reserve to cross my command over the Congaree if I desire it. I control none otheer. I was not advised that you need supplies. Upon inquiring I learn that meal was sent to you this morning.

C. L. STEVENSON,

Major-General.

CHARLESTON, February 10, 1865-10. 30 p. m.

Major-General STEVENSON:

Direct Wheeler to bring over the Edisto a large body of cavalry-say 2,000-to protect yuour movements, and McLaws to hold on to the North Edisto as long as possible. I want the part of your command now with McLaws to retire with him toward Four Hole Swamp. I will send them to you by rail.

W. J. HARDEE,

Lieutenant-General.