War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 0438 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Federal Point, N. C., February 15, 1865.

Brigadier-General RAWLINS,

Chief of Staff, Armies of the United States, City Point, Va.:

The pontoon train I now have is so heavy that I fear it will cause serious delays in operations over the bad roads which prevail in this country. If you can send me some of the cloth bateaux I think it will facilitate my operations.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Federal Point, N. C., February 15, 1865.

Admiral D. D. PORTER,

Commanding North Atlantic Squadron:

I failed to get my boats up the beach and shall return to the original plan. I would like to use your tugs to carry troops across the river to-morrow.

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Federal Point, N. C., February 15, 1865.

Colonel DODGE,

Chief Quartermaster;

The commanding general desires to know (to-night) how many troops can be carried to Smithville, at one trip by all the boats including the navy tugs Nansemond, Eolus, Wilderness, and Moccasin. The general directs that you have all the boats for carrying troops to Smithville ready at the Federal Point wharf at 8 a. m. to-morrow.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. A. CAMPBELL,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHIEF QUARTERMASTER'S OFFICE,

Federal Point, N. C., February 15, 1865.

Major J. A. CAMPBELL,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

MAJOR: In reply to your communication of this date, I have the honor to inform you that I can transport 2,500 troops at one trip to Smithville. I hope to be able to ship all the land transportation during the night. I shall also transport the One hundred and eleventh Ohio Regiment to-night. The brigade that has arrived at Smithville is Colonel Moore's command.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEO. S. DODGE,

Colonel and Quartermaster.