War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 0782 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Nelson's Post-Office, N. C., March 11, 1865.

Major M. WOODHULL,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Fifteenth Army Corps:

MAJOR: I have the honor to report that the advance of this division oved from camp upon the west side of Big Raft Swamp at 10. 40 this a. m. and marched, following the First Division, to Nelson's Post-Office, a distance of seven miles and a half, the rear arriving at camp at midnight. The pioneer corps corduroyed 500 yards of the road. The division is encamped upon both sides of the main road covering approaches from the rear. Headquarters upon the south side of the road in rear of the First Brigade. The small-pox train which had closed up to within about 500 yards of the command while it was moving out was attacked by a squad of rebel cavalry numbering ten or twelve. The rebels were dressed in the Federal unform, and were supposed to be a portion of our cavalry until they reached the ambulancs. They succeeded in getting away two horses. I sent my escort company in pursuit, but they having scattered in the swamp, it was impossible to overtake them.

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

JOHN E. SMITH,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

On Rockfish Creek, N. C., March 11, 1865.

Bvt. Major General JOHN E. SMITH,

Commanding Third Division, Fifteenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: In the movement on fayetteville to-morrow mornig, the general commanding requests that you will follow General Woods' division, well closed up.

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

MAX. WOODHULL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

On Rockfish Creek, N. C., March 11, 1865.

Bvt. Major General J. M. CORSE,

Commanding Fourth Division, Fifteenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: I am instructed by the general commanding to request you to move in the direction of Fayetteville as far as possible, reaching camp in the morning as early as you can, so that the First and Third Divisions may cross Rockfish Creek at a seasonable hour.

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

MAX. WOODHULL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL HEADQUARTERS FOURTH DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS, FIELD ORDERS, In the Field, Davis' Springs, N. C., Numbers 40.

March 11, 1865.

I. The troops of this division will march at 6 a. m. to-morrow, the Second Brigade in advance, followed by the Third Brigade, and the