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HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY COPRS,

Raft Swamp, N. C., March 9, 1865.

Brigadier General M. F. FORCE,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: The major- general commanding instructs me to direct you to move forward on the direct Fayetteville road at 8 a. . tomorrow. He wishes that, if you can obtain harness, you put eight mules on your ordnanace train.

Very respectfully,

C. CADLE, JR.,

Assistant Adjutant- General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. THIRD DIV., 17TH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 56.

Lumberton Cross-Roads, N. C., March 9, 1865.

This command will move at 8 a.m. to-morrow. The First Brigade, Colonel C. Fairchild commandig, will have the advance, moving troops on the right of the road. The Second Brigade, Colonel G. F. Wiles commanding, will foow the First Brigade, detailing one regiment for rear guard. Artillery and trains in usual order.

By order of Brigadier General M. F. Force;

J. C. DOUGLASS,

Assistnat Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY COPRS,

Twenty=- Mile Post. March 9, 1865- 9 p.m.

Captain DECHERT,

Acting Assistant Adjutant- General:

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report, for the information of the genral commanding, that Carlins division is going into camp at this place; Morgan's two miles and a half in rear. Prisoners report Hardee moving on a road to our left for Fayetteville. He is foce- marching, and has probably passed to our front. I have no report from Klpatrick to- day. The rain has made the roads very bad.

Yurs, &c.,

JEF C. DAVIS,

Brevet major- General, Commanding.

HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, FORTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

March 9, 1865- 9 p.m.

Lidutenant-Colonel McCLURG,

Chief of Staff, Fourteenth Army Corps:

COLONEL: The excessive rains have destroyed what little of the road was left, and it will be with the greatest difficulty to get the trains into park before daylight. From present indications the whole road will have to be coarduroyed. Every effort will be made to overcome the difficulty.

Very respectfully, yurs obedient servant,

JAMES D. MORGAN,

Brigadier- General.