War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 0836 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA Chapter LIX.

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KINSTON, March 14, 1865.

Brigadier-General SCHOFIELD,

New Berne:

Get the strength, organization, and names of commanders of the troops arriving from the south as fast as they arrive and inform me. Have all that are not required at Morehead and New Berne made ready to come to the front. They can come by rail as far as it will not interfere with the construction of the road, and then march. Let all wagons for the front march from New Berne with suitable guards, and bring light loads of supplies for the troops, I have telegraphed General Terry to march the main body of his troops to this place.

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.

KINSTON, March 14, 1865.

Brigadier-General SCHOFIELD,

New Berne:

The enemy has abandoned Kinston, and we will cross the river as soon as bridge can be put across. Send up the supply boats at once. Let them move together and each have a strong guard.

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.

KINSTON, March 14, 1865.

Colonel WRIGHT,

New Berne:

I have ordered a detail of 2,000 men to cut ties to-morrow, and will also furnish men and teams to as sist in getting out timber for the railroad bridge.

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.

NEW BERNE, March 14, 1865.

Major General J. M. SCHOFIELD:

Your dispatch is received. I have notified Mr. S, eed to have a force of bridge builders ready to move to the river as soon as the wagons arrive at Dover Station to haul up the tools, &c. I will telegraph him at once about the teams forr hauling bridge timber, and of the force sent to cut ties. The third division of the construction corps, 600 strong, has arrived at Morehead and will go to the front to-morrow. This is a great help to me, and I feel confident of geteng through in time.

W. W. WRIGHT,

Colonel and Chief Engineer.

KINSTON, March 14, 1865.

Brrig. General L. C. EASTON,

Morehead City:

General Gillmore wants steamers to transport troops of General Sherman's army from Hilton Head. He also wants a cargo of coal. Please send them if you can, and inform me. Also let a boat run to Wilmington at once with the dispatches I send for General Terry.

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.