War of the Rebellion: Serial 100 Page 0628 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. [CHA. LIX.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE SOUTH,

Hilton Head, S. C., June 5, 1865.

Brigadier General J. P. HATCH,

Northern District, Department of the South:

GENERAL: Troops have been sent to me from the North, and I shall be able to send you a force for the district north of the Santee and Wateree Rivers. You need not, therefore, until further orders, send General Hartwell there, as suggested in my other letter of this date. I desire you to select seveal reliable chaplains and send them into the interior. Call meetings among the planters and colored people for the puropose of instructing both classes in their duties to themselves, to their country, and to each other under the new order of things. The colored people should be earnestly advised to remain with and work for their former masters, and they should not be led to expect pay in money the present vear. I deem this measure of great importance.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE SOUTH,

Hilton Head, S. C., June 5, 1865.

Bvt. Major General C. GROVER,

Savannah, Ga.:

GENERAL: The order diving that portion of the State of Georgia within this department into three districts (herewith inclosed)* will go into effect at once. Until I ascertain that regiments serving in Georgia are to be mustered out under the order to muster out all whose terms of service expire prior to the 1st of October next, I cannot complete the assignment of troops to these new districts. Those regiments of Washburn's brigade which do not come under this order you will move at once to the line of the Altamaha and Ocumulgee Rivers and the line of the railroad between Doctor Town and Thomasville. All regiments which do come under the order for mustering out you will at once order to rendezvous at Savannah. Communicate this order by telegraph to Brevet Brigadier-General Moulineux at Augusta. You are authorized to take with you for duty in the District of Southern Georgia one assistant adjutant-general and one assistant quartermaster and one commissary of subsistence, in addition to the atff officers now serving with Brevet Brigadier-General Washburn. All orther offices or detached officers doing staff duty within the Post and District of Savannah, as newly organized, will remain there until further orders.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF SAVANNAH,

Savannah, Ga., June 5, 1865.

ASSISTANT ADJUTANT-GENERAL,

Headquarters Department of the South:

The general's telegram received. I ordered General Washburn here on his way to the Altamaha, because the questions of transportation of

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*See Special Orders, Numbers 145, p. 626.

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