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COLUMBIA, S. C., February 14, 1865-1. 45 p. m.

Lieutenant General A. P. STEWART, Newbery, S. C.:

General Beauregard directs you to hasten your movement on Columbia or to join General Wheeler, as circumstances may best require.

ALB. FERRY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

COLUMBIA, S. C., February 14, 1865.

General BEAUREGARD:

The enemy have driven Clayton across the railroad bridge, and it has been burnt. He reports heavy force moving on McCord's Ferry.

Re-enforcements sent there from Kingsville. Cavalry have been skirmishing with the enemy in front on Little Congaree bridge, and have checked their advance.

C. L. STEVENSON,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS LEE'S CORPS,

Near Columbia, February 14, 1865.

Governor MAGRATH, Columbia:

GOVERNOR: Colonel Bartow's forces sent to Kingsville to assist in the defense of the river in that vicinity. Major-General Clayton (with his division) is there in command, and I am not informed to what point Colonel Bartow has been assigned, but I suppose with a portion of the division at one of the ferries near by. The enemy drove our troops to-day from the south side of the railroad bridge and it was burned. Re-enforcements were sent to McCord's Ferry, in which direction the enemy was moving. I do not think the militia can be spared at present, but will relieve them if the governor desires it.

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

C. L. STEVENSON,

Major-General.

KINGSVILLE, S. C., February 14, 1865.

General BEAUREGARD:

The enemy appeared in force at the railroad bridge at 12 m. to-day; after skirmishing awhile our forces fell back across the bridge and burned the bridge. Scouts brought in prisoner of Seventeenth Army Corps, who says that corps is near Fort Motte; Fifteenth Army Corps confronting Columbia. All quiet to-night.

H. D. CLAYTON,

Major-General.

COLUMBIA, S. C., February 14, 1865.

General BEAUREGARD:

Scouts report enemy camped on State road-Fifteenth Corps in front, Twentieth next, Tenth [Seventeenth?] next, think Fourteenth in rear. Prisoner from Kilpatrick's wagon train reports him on Blackville and Columbia road; says they are marching on Columbia.

WADE HAMPTON,

Major-General.

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