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MOREHEAD, March 14, 1865.

Major-General SCHOFIELD:

I have no steamers that I can send to Hilton Head for troops. Will probably be able to send some in a few days if any come in from the North. What number of troops are there to come from Hilton Head? Have no coal that I can send to General Gillmore. Will send your dispatches to Wilmington as soon as received.

L. C. EASTON,

Chief Quartermaster.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

New Berne, N. C., March 14, 1865.

Lieutenant NELSON,

Commanding Army Gun-boat Shrapnel:

LIEUTANANT: The major-general commanding desires that you have your boat in radiness to start up the Neuse River at daylight to-morrow morning as convoy to steamers Elle May and General Shepley. You will be expected to go as far as Kinston. Further orders will be sent you during the night.

Very respectfully,

G. W. SCHOFIELD,

Brevet Brigadier-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF NORTH CAROLINA,

ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Numbers 29.

New Berne, N. C., March 14, 1865.

I. The commanding officer of the Thirteenth Connecticut Infantry, with his regiment, will to-night go on board the steamers Ella May and Geneeral Shepley and proceed with them to Kinston, N. C., acting as guards. The commanding officer of the regiment will see that his officers and men are at all times on the alert, keeping sharp lookout for guerrolla bands son the banks of the stream. The boats will be convoyed by the army gun-boat Shrapnel. Five days' rations will be drawn before starting.

By command of Major-General Schofield:

J. A. CAMPBELL,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Kinston, N. C., March 14, 1865.

Major General J. D. COX,

Commanding District of Beaufort:

GENERAL: You will please detail from your command 1,000 men with from 200 to 300 axes to cut railroad ties and distribute them along the track. They will commence where the road strikes the Neuse and work southward toward New Berrne. Let the work be commenced early in the morning and pushed with vigor. The ties are to be cut from eight to nine feet long, seven inches thick, and with faces not less than five inches broad. They are to be distributed along the railroad at the rate of one tie to every towo feet of track.

Very respectfully,

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.