War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 0523 Chapter LIX. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. -UNION.

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at the same time. About 7 o'clock I sent another to you directing you to come back. I hope this will reach you in time to take its place. My orders were based upon General Terry's report of an increase of the force in front, and that of prisoners that Hardee's forces had arrived from Charleston. I think you would certainly have learned it if the latter were true. That you have sent one brigade back is well. You may send another as soon as you get this dispatch. Keep the other two where you are until daylight in the morning. Then if the rebels have gone you can enter the town, taking care to hold the river crossings. If the enemy has not gone, or you are not positive that he is going, them move back and cross the river as before directed.

Very respectfully,

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA, ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Campbelll's Island, N. C., February 21, 1865-10. 30 p.m.

Major General J. D. COX,

Commanding Third Division, Twenty-third Army Corps:

GENERAL: Send back another brigade as son as you get this dispatch. Keep the other two where you are until daylight to-morrow. Then if the enemy has gone you can enter the town, taking care to hld the river crossing. If the enemy has not gone, or you are not positive that he is going, then come back and cross the river.

Very respectfully,

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.

HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, TWENTY-THIRD ARMY CORPS,

Brunswick Ferry, February 21, 1865-11. 45 p.m.

Major-General SCHOFIELD:

Your dispatch of 7. 15 is just received. That sent this morning reached me at dark. I shall put the rest of the command in motion immediately in accordance with your orders.

J. D. COX,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, TWENTY-THIRD ARMY CORPS,

Brunswick Ferry, February 21, 1865-Midnight.

Major-General SCHOFIELD,

Commanding:

Your dispatch of 10. 20 received in time to stop two brigades. Hendeson's and Moore's have gone forward and will report at the river above Town Creek. I will inform you of any changes in the morning. The railroad employes who came in to me informed me positively that Hardee's troops had not come here.

J. D. COX,

Major-General, Commanding.