War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 0620 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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road here is not ready for me I will push though and unite with Cox, unless I learn that Sherman is coming this way to get supplies here. His instructions to Colonel Wright were to have the road to Goldsborough ready for him by the 15th of March. That I think we can make, and will do more if possible. I hope when General Sherman hears I have Wilmington he will come in as far as Fayetteville. Then we will be all right, and can unite whenever we please. The cavalry has begun to arrive. A regiment will do very well for the present.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF NORTH CAROLINA, ARMY OF THE OHIO, Numbers 9.

Wilmington, N. C., February 28, 1865.

Lieutenant Colonel J. w. Barriger, commissary of subsistence, is announced as a member of the departmental staff, and will relieve Lieutenant Colonel R. B. Treat, commissary of subsistence, as chief commissary of subsistency, Department of North Carolina.

By command of Major-General Schofield:

J. A. CAMPBELL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Wilmington, N. C., February 28, 1865.

Major-General COX:

GENERAL: I am sorry for our detention in getting started, but it was unavoidable. McQuiston's brigade did not get off united to-day, but do not wait for it. Time is very important. General Grant is very much disappointed at Palmer's tardiness. He was expected to have Kinston by the time we got Wilmington. I rely upon you to regain what has been lost. Let nothing detain you.

Yours, truly,

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. SECOND AND THIRD DIVISIONS, TWENTY-THIRD ARMY CORPS, Numbers 1.

Wilmington, N. C., February 28, 1865.

In accordance with Special Orders, Numbers 16, paragraph 2, current series, headquarters Department of North Carolina, the undersigned hereby assumes command of the Second and Third Divisions of the Twenty-third Army Corps. Reports, returns, and official correspondence will be forwarded through these headquarters.

D. N. COUCH,

Major-General, Commanding.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS PROVISIONAL CORPS, Numbers 45.

Northeast Station, N. C., February 28, 1865.

I. In accordance with the suggestion of Major-General Schofield, commanding the department, corps headquarters will be temporarily established at Wilmington, and all official papers from the command