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assistance as it may require. The pontoon train will follow the troops. General Ames' division will commence crossing Island Creek at 6 a. m. to-morrow.

By order of Major General A. H. Terry:

A. TERRY,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. NORTHERN DISTRICT, DEPT. OF THE SOUTH,

Charleston, S. C., March 18, 1865.

Captain W. L. M. BURGER,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report that the Fifty-second Pennsylvania Volunteers and 100 men of the Fifty-fourth New York Volunteers embarked yesterday on the streamer New York, with orders to proceed to the mouth of Cape Fear River and there report to the commanding officer of the U. S. forces for orders.

I am, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN P. HATCH,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

FALLING CREEK CHURCH,

March 19, 1865-1. 15 p. m.

Major-General SHERMAN,

Commanding-in-Chief, &c.:

GENERAL: One of General Logan's scouts has just returned from the bridge across the Neuse before Goldsborough, and reports that the crossing is defended by a bridge-head held by the rebels. The Seventh Illinois Mounted Infantry is at the bridge before the works.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General.

SPECIAL

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT AND FIELD ORDERS,

ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, No. 65. Falling Creek Church, N. C., March 19, 1865.

The following operations of this command will take place to-morrow: Major General John A. Logan, commanding Fifteenth Army Corps, will move one brigade with a section of artillery and drive the enemy across Cox's Bridge and get possession of the same or force the enemy to destroy it. He will then immediately move the rest of his command toward Bentonville. Major General F. P. Blair, commanding Seventeenth Army Corps, will move as rapidly as possible to Falling Creek Church, and taking the road to the left, move out and take position on the left of the Fifteenth Army Corps. All wagons now here, including those of department headquarters, which are not required during our engagement, will be parked at the cross-roads near Cox's Bridge. The surplus trains will be parked closely and carefully so that their guard, which is necessarily small, may be able to protect them against the enemy's cavalry.

By order of Major General O. O. Howard:

A. M. VAN DYKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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