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[191] three made to their guns. I ordered my men to fire on them, which they did and killed the three. The remaining two surrendered. I divided my men on the two schooners and set sail for camp and arrived here yesterday morning. I send up the prisoners to-day and it will be late before they get there, as they will have to foot it up. One of the prisoners can give you all the information that you desire about the yard, and if you will permit me, after the excitement dies off, I will burn the mills on the island.

Yours respectfully,

W. B. Amos, Capt. Fifteenth Conf. Cav., Comdg. Outpost. Col. H. Maury, Commanding Eastern Division.

Charleston, August 31, 1864.
Gen. S. Cooper: Brig.-Gen. Wm. Miller has reported for duty in Florida. No orders have been received ordering him to report to me, but from the President's letter of the 9th inst. to Governor Milton, it seems the President intends that General Miller shall command the district of Florida. Is that his instruction? If so, I can relieve Brig.-Gen. J. K. Jackson and assign him to other duty.

Sam Jones, Major-General.

Special orders, no. 213.

Adjutant and Inspector-General's Office, Richmond, September 8, 1864.
Brig.-Gen. William Miller, Provisional Army Confederate States, will take command of the reserve forces of the State of Florida. He will complete their organization and place them at once in service. To this end he is authorized to employ all enrolling officers, who are hereby directed to obey his instructions. He will establish his headquarters at such place as he may deem best.

Officers of the quartermaster, commissary, ordnance and medical departments, are required to furnish all necessary facilities. All officers from the State of Florida, of the invalid corps and such of the regular forces as are for any reason unassigned, will immediately report to General Miller, who is authorized to assign them temporarily to duty with the reserves.

John Withers, Assistant Adjutant-General.

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