HDQRS. DEPT. OF NORTH CAROLINA, Numbers 88.
Goldsborough, April 22, 1862.
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IV. The First Regiment South Carolina Volunteers and the Third Louisiana Battalion will move to-night by rail to Richmond. the remainder of Brigadier-General Anderson's brigade, with the exception of the Forty-night Georgia Regiment and Lieutenant Boulders section of battery, will be held in readiness to move at a moment's notice.
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By command of Major General T. H. Holmes:
HEADQUARTERS, Richmond, Va., April 23, 1862.
Brigadier General S. G. FRENCH,
Commanding, &c., Wilmington, N. C.:
GENERAL: In reply to your telegram of yesterday,* I am directed by General Lee to say that all available arms have been given to General Holmes for distribution to the troops under his command. There are none now on hand for issue save pikes. He thinks you might arm the regiment at Wilmington by placing pikes in the hands of the men at the heavy batteries, and giving their muskets, as far as they will go, center companies with pikes, the flanking companies having the rifles. This is the best arrangement that can now be made.
I am, very respectfully your obedient servant,
W. H. TAYLOR,
HDQRS. DEPT. OF NORTH CAROLINA, Goldsborough, April 23, 1862.
I. The Thirty-fourth North Carolina, Forty-fifth Georgia, and Thirty-eighth North Carolina Regiments will move to-day, with three days' rations, by rail, to Richmond, in the order in which they are mentioned. The baggage transported will be strictly limited to the necessary cooking utensils and tents and the field allowance for officers. The time of the departure of each train will be fixed by the chief quartermaster, Major Cone, who will make the necessary arrangements for the prompt transportation of the troops as far as Richmond. Upon the arrival of each regiment at that place its commanding officer will receive orders from Brigadier General J. R. Anderson.
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By command of Major-General Holmes:
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORFOLK, April 24, 1862.
General R. E. LEE,
GENERAL: My reports from South Mills, N. C., up to 3 p. m. last