War of the Rebellion: Serial 100 Page 0039 Chapter LIX. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DISTRICT OF WILMINGTON, Numbers 21.

Wilmington, N. C., March 27, 1865.

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IV. Brevet Brigadier-General Abbott, commanding post of Wilmington, will send to Smith's Island 500 refugee negroes so assorted as to age and sex that they can take care of themselves. He will send with them ten days' rations and put the whole in ahrge of an intelligent non- commissioned officer. The rations will be put in charge of Enoch Daniels on Smith's Island, who is charged with distributing them carfully. He will also assign quarters and land to the best of his ability. Should he desire to communicate with the district commander, he can do so by letter left with the commanding officer at Smithville, or by telegraph from Fort Fisher.

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VI. Colonel N. Gleason, Eighty- seventh Indiana Volunteers, in addition to his present cahrge, will assume command of all the troops now under the command of Lieutenatn- Colonel Colvin, One hundred and sixty- ninth New York Volunteers as soon as the whole force can be properly rationed and equipped. Colonel Gleason will move for Goldsborough or the front, being govened generally be the written instructions delivered to Colonel Colvin, a copy of which is attached. *

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By order of Brigadier General J. R. Hawley:

E. LEWIS MOORE,

Captain and Assistant Adjutnt-General.

SAVANNAH, GA., March 27, 1865.

Major- General GILLMORE,

Hilton Head:

Agreably to yur request of yesteday, I made preparations to go to Hilton Head to see you. There seeming to be some unwillingness to respond to informal inquiries made bny my orders as to the departure of the steamer Cork, I sent a written order to the camptian to let me know when he was rady to go. He has just left, apparently paying no regard to my (General Sheman's) order. Please arrest him on his arrival and hold him to proper accountability for disobedience of orders.

J. D. WEBSTER,

Brigadier- General.

SAVANNAH, GA., March 27, 1865.

Major- General GILLMORE,

Hilton Head:

There are probably no arms available for the army inNorth Carolina, except such as may have been turned in by sick and wounded, and, in the uncertainty as to the ir number or that of the men to go, I advise that they take their arms with them.

J. D. WWEBSTER,

Brigadier- General.

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