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[446] to have a ram ready for service in time to render signal aid in holding this port for the Confederate States. Were some of these rams built at the same time in the Yazoo River, they could dash out and clear the Mississippi River, and aid materially in the recapture of New Orleans. If elective here, others would be equally efficient at Port Royal, Savannah, and in the James River.

Let me bespeak for Captain Lee the consideration due to his zeal, intelligence, and capacity as a practical Engineer.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,


Headquarters, Department S. C. and Ga., Charleston, S. C., Oct. 14th, 1862.
Brig.-Genl. S. R. Gist, Comdg. First Mil. Dist.:
General,—I am instructed by the Commanding General to direct you to hold in readiness about 2000 infantry of your command for detached service, at a moment's notice, to which end they will keep three days cooked rations in haversacks, forty rounds of ammunition in cartridge-boxes, and a reserve supply of sixty rounds of ammunition, and two days subsistence, ready for transportation. These troops will be expected to move in light marching order, unencumbered with unnecessary baggage. The General Commanding regards it as prudent that the officers should be cautioned not to permit the cooked rations to grow stale; they must be consumed and replaced by fresh provisions from day to day. The service anticipated will be in the Third Military District, and hence the movement will be by rail as far as McPhersonville.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

Thomas Jordan, Chief of Staff, Asst. Adjt.-Genl.

Headquarters, Department S. C. and Ga., Charleston, S. C., Oct. 14th, 1862.
Brig.-Genl. H. W. Mercer, Comdg. Dist. of Ga., Savannah, Ga.:
General,—There are indications that the Abolition Commander at Port Royal may undertake some raid into the Third Military District. In view of the possibility of such an event, the Commanding General has arranged to reinforce Colonel Walker sufficiently to repel and punish the attempt, if made. I am instructed, therefore, to direct you to hold in readiness about two thousand (2000) infantry of your command for detached service, at a moment's notice, to which end they will keep three days cooked rations in haversacks, forty rounds of ammunition in cartridge-boxes, and a reserve supply of sixty (60) rounds of ammunition, and two days subsistence ready for transportation.

1st. The General Commanding regards it as prudent that the officers should be cautioned not to permit the cooked rations to grow stale; they must be consumed and replaced by fresh provisions from day to day.

2d. These troops will be expected to move in light marching order, unencumbered with unnecessary baggage.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

Thomas Jordan, Chief of Staff, A. A. G.

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