CIRCULAR No. 12.
HDQRS. FIRST DIV., U.S. COLORED TROOPS,
Barrancas, Fla., March 18, 1865.
The troops of this command will march to-morrow morning at 5.30. Reveille will be at 4 o'clock. The order of march by brigades will be Third, Second, First. For this day's march the march will be by brigade, each brigade being followed by its own transportation. Captain Purnell, assistant quartermaster, will furnish extra teams to lighten the loads for this day's march, as follows: Three wagons to each regiment; one wagon to each brigade headquarters. The command will proceed to Pensacola via the beach road. In crossing the bayou near Gun-boat Point the men will take off their shoes and whatever other clothing may be necessary to keep them dry. The troops will ford by company front. A staff officer from these headquarters will designate the locality of the fording. Great caution will be observed that the men do not allow their ammunition to become wet. A messenger will be sent to Captain Purnell in the morning to get the teams when wanted.
By order of Brig. Gen. J. P. Hawkins:
SAML. B. FERGUSON,
SOURCE: United States War Department. THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.
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