Division, Brigadier General M. F. Force commanding, will move forward on the Mount Olive road at 7 a. m. The Fourth Division, Bvt. Major General G. A. Smith commanding, will follow the Third Division. The detachment of department headquarters' train will move next after the train of the Fourth Division.
By command of Major General F. P. Blair:
C. CADLE, Jr.,
HEADQUARTERS FOURTH DIVISION,
SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS, No. 18. In the Field, N. C., March 18, 1865.
The general commanding wishes to convey to the officers and men under his command his high appreciation of their zeal and industry during the present campaign. The labor required in moving our trains during the west weather and the bridges destroyed by the enemy, which it was necessary to rebuild, has been very arduous, but performed with the utmost cheerfulness. He is proportionately displeased with the conduct of the commanding officers of the two regiments, Eleventh and Thirteenth Iowa, assigned to the train yesterday. Instead of using their force to repair the roads and having the train in at 8 o'clock, as it should have been, they left it stuck in the mud and moved their command into camp. This culpable neglect not only delayed our own train until near midnight, but was a great annoyance to the division moving in our rear. This order will be rear to the command as soon as practicable after its receipt.
By order of Bvt. Major General Giles A. Smith:
[AD. WARE, JR.,]
HEADQUARTERS LEFT WING, ARMY OF GEORGIA,
Near Bentonville, N. C., March 18, 1865.
Commanding Fourteenth Corps:
GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you start your command at 7 o'clock to-morrow morning and move to Cox's Bridge. He wishes you to send a regiment in advance of your column to the road leading across Mill Creek toward Smithfield, to remain until relieved by a regiment from the Twentieth Corps.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
ROBT. P. DECHERT,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS,
HDQRS. FOURTENETH ARMY CORPS, No. 24. Colonel Easton's Plantation, N. C., March 18, 1865.
General Carlin will march at 6 a. m. upon the road indicated in Special Field Orders, No. 23. * General Morgan will follow General Carlin. Corps headquarters will move with General Carlin.
By order of Bvt. Major General J. C. Davis:
A. C. McCLURG,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff.
*See p. 878.