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strong as possible. You may expect the Right Wing up in the morning. General Slocum wishes you to intrench to the left, as far as possible, and have your reserves intrench themselves.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ROBT. P. DECHERT,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,

March 19, 1865. (Received 12. 30 a. m. 20th.)

General GEARY,

At the Train:

Rush your train. Leave one brigade and move with two others to General Slocum to-night.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,

Near the Smithfield Road, March 19, 1865.

General J. W. GEARY:

GENERAL: The general commanding the corps wishes you to keep as much as possible to the right, as we are marching on the road to the right and he does not wish you to strike our road, as it is in very bad condition and exposed.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. MOYER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

The last order to me was to send you to Everettsville, and the orderly says you have been ordered by General Slocum to Cox's Bridge. If so, keep south as far as practicable to get there.

A. S. W.,

Brevet Major-General.

HDQRS. SECOND DIV., TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,

Cannan Church, N. C., March 19, 1865.

(Received midnight.)

Lieutenant Colonel H. W. PERKINS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Twentieth Army Corps:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that I am encamping at this point, which is on the Goldsborough new road, three miles from Newton Grove Post-Office. I was delayed four hours in reaching here by the Fifteenth Corps, the rear of which did not pass this point until 6 p. m. My position here is excellent, enabling me to cover the trains securely. I send this by Captain Schilling, of my staff, who will give all explanations called for and will bring back any instructions you may wish to send.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN W. GEARY,

Brevet Major-General, Commanding.