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HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS, On Aiken and Columbia Road, near Jacksons Bridge, February 13, 18656.45 p. m. COLONEL: Dispatches have just been received giving information that the enemy ceased to press our pickets in front of Aiken at 10.30 a. m. Afterward, when our skirmish line advanced, the enemy was found to have retired from Johnsons Turnout, and it was thought that he was moving in the direction of the Edisto. 1 have not heard from General Stevenson or General Dibrell to-day. My latest information of the enemy is that he was moving from direction of Pine Log Bridge, on South Fork of the Edisto, toward Gunters Bridge, on the North Fork of the same river. I will hold him as long as possible at the cross- ing of the North Fork of the Edisto. The river is very small, however, and not very defensible. My last dispatch from you was dated 10.30 last night. Respectfully, colonel, your obedient servant, J. WHEELER, Major- General. Col. JOHN M. OTEY, Assistant Adjutant- General. HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS, March 1, 18657.20 a. m. MAJOR: A scout has just returned who reports that he went to Gillis Creek, very near Lancaster, and found the bridge over that creek torn up, and he thought all the enemy had gone across to the other side. Citizens informed him they thought all the enemy had left Lancaster and gone east about five miles. Other scouts have been sent forward to ascertain fully the facts. Other scouts have been sent to Lancaster and Monroe roads to ascertain if the enemy were n~oving in that direction. The dispatch of 4 a. m. this day was by mistake dated 29th of February instead of 1st of March. Respectfully, your obedient servant, J. WHEELER, Major- General. Maj. H. B. MCCLELLAN, Assistant Adjutant- General. HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS, Four Miles from Wilsons Store, March 1, 18658.10 [p. in.]. MAJOR: We started from Lancaster with intention of going to Nel- sons, on the Wadesborough road, but on approaching that place we found the Tenth Confederate, of General Allens division, and were informed by the commanding officer that the enemy were on that road, and therefore we were compelled to move up on this road toward Wil- sons Store. I think we will be compelled to move nearly all General Humes division up to that point, as I can hear of but very little forage this side of that point. If you have any orders for me please send them right down this road. Respectfully, major, your obedient servant, J. WHEELER, Maj. II. B. MCCLELLAN, Major-General. Assistant Adjutant- General.
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