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me in the steamer Charles Houghton two hundred (200) men from this garrison. At my request Captain Balch ordered two gunboats to accompany me, the Ottawa and little steam-tug Columbine. At Picolata I added to my force six (6) companies of Colonel Beecher's regiment, and all the available force of the One Hundred and Fifty-seventh New York regiment, numbering in all about six hundred and fifty (650) or seven hundred (700) men. I was obliged to use the naval boats, as well as the Houghton, to rdered and commenced from Saturday night at twelve o'clock until Sunday at four P. M. Before the Columbine started I placed on board of her, at the request of Commander Breese, of the Ottawa, a guard of twenty-five men and two officers of Colonel Beecher's regiment. I informed her commander that I should press forward with my troops in the direction in which she was going; that I would afford him all assistance as soon as I could reach him; that I should not consider the discharge of his ar
cient service rendered me by Captain J. W. Harris, Inspector-General on General Smith's staff, in carrying and executing all orders in the most prompt manner possible. Also, Captain Emmett Cockrill, volunteer Aid to General Smith, deserves especial notice for the manner in which he discharged every duty assigned him. Thanks are due to Major King, Brigade Commissary, for keeping the troops so well provided with rations during the campaign from Lafayette, Georgia, to this place. Also, to Major Beecher, Brigade Quartermaster, for the efficient manner in which our wounded were carried from the field. Thanks are also due to Captain Henry K. Beatty, Brigade Ordnance Officer, for the prompt and efficient manner in which the command was kept constantly supplied with ammunition. Also, special credit is due Lieutenant J. W. Cochran, Brigade Provost-Marshal, for the promptness and efficiency displayed in discharging the duties of his office. Especial attention is called to Colonel Rice's