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HDQRS. EASTERN DIVISION, DISTRICT OF THE GULF,

Blakely, March 21, 1865.

[Colonel G. G. GARNER,

Chief of Staff, Mobile:]

COLONEL: I have just received the following telegram:

HEADQUARTERS,

Canoe Station, March 21, 1865.

H. L. D. LEWIS,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:

Scouts just in report five regiments of enemy's infantry, with small body cavalry, eight miles this side of Pensacola at 12 o'clock yesterday; have sent down two regiment to meet them, if still advancing.

C. G. ARMISTEAD,

Colonel, Commanding.

COLONEL: If the reports from Colonel Armistead are true it looks as if the enemy designs carrying our his original intentions of going toward Selma, whilst the demonstrations immediately around us may possibly be intended for effect, to conceal from us his real object. Dannelly's Mills is about fifteen miles southeast from Montrose, and about twenty-seven from Blakely. I have no later report from Greenwood regarding enemy's force on Camp Withers road. Colonel Spence will inform me as soon as he gets in front of the enemy at Dannelly's Mills.

I have the honor to be, colonel, &c.,

ST. JNO. R. LIDDELL,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

MONTROSE, March 21, 1865.

General LIDDELL:

Scouts just in from Point Clear report seven gun-boats and one transport lying off below the Point. Scout from near Dannelly's Mills this morning reports the enemy at that place, but have not advanced yet.

J. T. MORGAN,

Captain, Commanding.

HDQRS. EASTERN DIVISION, DISTRICT OF THE GULF,

March 21, 1865.

Colonel SPENCE,

Near Montrose:

Keep on until you meet the enemy and skirmish with him.

ST. JNO. R. LIDDELL,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. EASTERN DIVISION, DISTRICT OF THE GULF,

Blakely, March [21], 1865-6.10 p. m.

Colonel SPENCE,

Commanding, Two Miles from Montrose:

Use your own judgment; make your own dispositions; but skirmish with the enemy with all or a part of your force. Find out where he is, what his force is, and what he intends doing. Capture, if possible, some

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