War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 0784 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Fayetteville, N. C., March 11, 1865.

Major General J. A. MOWER,

Commanding First Division:

GENERAL: I am instructed by the major-general commanding to direct you to send one brigade and a battery of artillery to cover the crossing of the pontoon bridge at 7 a. m. to-morrow. The bridge will be laid about one mile below town. The road to the crossing leaves the main road a short distance in rear of department headquasrters. Department headquarters are on the main road just beyond the bridge at the edge of town.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. CADLE, JR.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

March 11, 1865.

Brigadier General M. F. FORCE,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: I am instructed by the major-general commanding to direct you to take the advance this morning at 8 o'clock. General Mower's train is not yet up.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. CADLE, JR.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Near Wilmington [Fayetteville], March 11, 1865.

Captain C. CADLE, Jr.,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report that two dozen mounted men had left to capture the steam-boat before I left camp, cheifly the foraging party of the Thirtieth Illinois, and having no guide I was unable to direct Lieutenant-Colonel Hughes, and was obliged to act without his aid. Captain Munson has just sent word that he is on the boat raising steam, and expects to bring it up to Spring Hill Landing, on this side, three miles below the city. The party will remain guarding it till further orders.

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

M. F. FORCE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

I suppose you have seen a Raleigh paper of 9th instant, giving account of Sheridan's catpure of General Early, with most of his troops and all hig guns and train.

[Indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Fayetteville, N. C., March 12, 1865.

Respectfully forwarded for the information of department headquarters.

FRANK P. BLAIR, JR.,

Major-General.