HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
In the Field, near Newton's Grove, N. C., March 18, 1865.
Major MAX. WOODHULL,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Fifteenth Army Corps:
MAJOR: I have the honor to report that in compliance with orders from corps headquarters, I broke camp at 9. 30 a. m. this instant, moving in rear of the First Division of this corps upon the Goldsborough road, crossing both Little and Big Cohera Rivers to Newton's Grove, and from thence upon the Clinton road a distance of half a mile, where two brigades of my command and battery are in bivouac and position. One brigade is in position at Newton's Grove covering the Fayetteville and Goldsborough and Smithfield and Clinton roads, and so posted as to prevent a surprise from the enemy's cavalry, and can be easily withdrawn upon my main line. My command has made a march of ten miles over heavy roads.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN M. CORSE,
SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS,
HDQRS. 4TH DIV., 15TH ARMY CORPS, No. 47. In the Field, near Newton's Grove, N. C., March 18, 1865.
I. The troops composing this division will break camp at 8 a. m. to-morrow (the 19th instant), moving upon the road toward Goldsborough. The order of brigades as follows: Second, Third, First. Five regiments will move in advance and two in rear of trains; the remainder of the troops upon the right flank of trains. Trains well closed up and in same orders as heretofore, trains of brigades alternating in their position in the column according to the position of brigades.
By order of Bvt. Major General J. M. Corse:
L. H. EVERTS,
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,
Benton's Cross-Roads, N. C., March 18, 1865.
Major General F. P. BLAIR,
Commanding Seventeenth Army Corps:
GENERAL: From information I have just received I understand that you are much farther advanced than I supposed you would get to-day. With this column I will probably reach the vicinity of the point marked Dead Fields on the map to-morrow. Please shorten your march so as not to get too far off.
O. O. HOWARD,
HDQRS. SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS, No. 69. Piney Grove Cross-Roads, N. C., March 18, 1865.
The First Division, Major General J. A. Mower commanding, will move forward to-morrow on the direct road to Everettsville, making as near that point as practicable. The bridge train, Lieutenant-Colonel Tweeddale commanding, will follow the train of the First Division. The Third