War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 0768 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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HDQRS. DLEPT. OF NORTH CAROLINA, ARMY OF THE OHIO,

New Berne, N. C., March 10, 1865.

Brigadier General L. C. EASTON,

Chief Quartermaster Military Division of the Mississippi:

GENERAL: I have received a telegram from Major-General Schofield to the following effect: Use all railroad transportation for the purpose of sending stores to the front and for bringing troops from Morehead to New Berne. All other work may be stopped for a day or two. It was in compliance with instructions conatianed in this telegram that I telegraphed you this evening in regard to troops under your orders. Please spare the last possible man.

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

G. W. SCHOFIELD,

Brevet Brigadier-General.

NEW BERNE, N. C., March 10, 1865-6 p. m.

Colonel MCCHESNEY, Morehead City:

Major-General Schofield directs that you come to this place with your whole command at once. Load the train now there and send it up to-night. The balance will come early in the morning. Report to me your effective strength.

G. W. SCHOFIELD,

Brevet Brigadier-General.

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

In the Field, New Berne, March 10, 1865.

Captain J. J. MCLANE,

Commanding Detachment of First North Carolina Volunteers:

I am directed by the major-general commanding to place your command on board steamer General Shepley, and to send the boat on an expediiton up the Trenth River. You will, therefore, at onc eplace your command on board said boat with ten days' rations. It is intended that the boat shall proceed up the river as far as Trenton, with the expectation of meeting General Couch's command there, for the purpose of furnishing means for him to cross that stream. Mr. Lowman, harbor master at this place, will accompany the expedition and superinted the running of the boat, building bridge, &c.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. W. SCHOFIELD,

Brevet Brigadier-General.

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

New Berne, N. C., March 10, 1865.

Captain J. J. MCLANE,

Commanding Detachment on board Steamer General Shepley:

CAPTAIN: I have just received instructioins from Major-General Schofield to order the expedition up the Trent to return. General Couch is now crossing the river at a point higher up than the Shepley could go. You will therefore return witout delay. Show this to Cpatain Lowman. It will be orders for him as well as yourself.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. W. SCHOFIELD,

Brevet Brigadier-General.