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HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

Rocky Mount, February 23, 1865-9 p.m.

Major-General SLOCUM,

Commanding Left Wing:

GENERAL: General Kilpatrick is now waiting, and has been since 7 o'clock, to cross the bridge with his command. By direction of General Sherman a staff officer has stopped your train for use of General Kilpatrick.

I am, general, with respect,

L. M. DAYTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS LEFT WING, ARMY OF GEORGIA,

Rocky Mount Post-Office, February 23, 1865.

Brevet Major-General DAVIS,

Commanding Fourteenth Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you cross your command to-morrow over the Catawba River at this point and move to Dry Creek Post-Office. You can probably find a road from near Tillman's directly across to the post-office. On the following day (25th) he wishes you to move to Hickory Head. In the absence of further orders you will continue the march to Chesterfield Court-House by the road leading through Blakeny's and Mount Croghan. The general hopes both corps will reach near Chesterfield Court-House on the night of the 27th.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ROBT. P. DECHERT,

Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

ORDERS.] HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH CORPS,

Colonel Ballard's Farm, S. C., February 23, 1865.

This command will march to-morrow toward Chesterfield, as follows: First Division at 6. 30 a.m., Third Division at 8 a.m., Second Division at 9 a.m. The corps of the First Division will march unencumbered in the advance. General Geary will detail three regiments as rear guard. One battery of artillery will follow General Jackson's advanced brigade; one section will accompany the rear guard. The balance of the artillery will follow the First Division troops. General Ward will dispose of his troops so as to cover the trains of his own and General Jackson's divisions. The artillery ammunition train will to-morrow march in rear of the trains of the First Division.

By command of Bvt. Major General A. S. Williams:

H. W. PERKINS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Rocky Mount, S. C., February 23, 1865.

Major-General KILPATRICK,

Commanding Cavalry:

GENERAL: Yours of last night is received and your dispositions of matters are all rights. The bridge is laid and troops are crossing. I am anxious to get the wagons across and up on high ground before the rain