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HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Fayetteville, N. C., Monday, March 13, 1865.

Colonel M. KERWIN,

Commanding Thirteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, Elizabethrown:

DEAR COLONEL: Yours of this date with cipher dispatches of General Terry is just received by the officer and detachment sent by you. A tug-boat came up yesterday from Wilmington, and has returned. Another boat is here to go down to-night, and by her I send instructions to General Terry to send a boat with rations and forage for you, and to ferry you across to the east bank of Cape Fear, when I wish you to strike northeast for the railroad, and to join me somewhere about Faison's Station. Such orders should reach you by the 15th. I will move from here on that day-the 15th-for Goldsborough, striking the Wilmington roadd about Faison's, south of the Neuse River.

I am, truly, yours,

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Fayetteville, N. C., Monday, March 13, 1865.

Major-General SCHOFIELD,

Commanding U. S. Forces, New Berne:

GENERAL: I wrote you at length by the tug-boat Davidson yesterday. By to-morrow morning all my army, save one division, will be across the Cape Fear, and I will await till Wednesday morning in hopes to receive from Wilmington some shoes, stockings, &c., when we will start for Goldsborough, approaching it from the south and communicating with you at the Neuse Bridge, near Kinston. Have Generals Easton and Beckwith advised to be all ready to resupply us, first clothing, next bread, then sugar, coffee, and forage. My troops and trains are in good order.

Yours, truly,

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Fayetteville, N. C., Monday, March 13, 1865-9 p. m.

General SCHOFIELD, New Berne:

GENERAL: Your dispach of 9th this moment received. Re-enforce your movement all you can and you can take Terry's command from Wilmington if you want them. Secure, if possible, the crossing of Neuse near Kinston and get all the timbers ready for the bridge. I will in a day or two so threaten Raleigh that the enemy will be forced to move from your front toward Raleigh, when you can press forward toward Goldsborough.

Yours, truly,

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

NEW BERNE, March 13, 1865.

Major-General SCHOFIELD, Commanding, &c.:

The naval commander has asked for the boats Ella May and Shrapnel to be placed at his disposal, to enable him to carry out instructions