War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 0912 Chapter LIX. OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA.

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HDQRS. DEPT. OF NORTH CAROLINA, ARMY OF THE OHIO,

In the Field, Kinston, N. C., March 19, 1865.

Major General D. N. COUCH,

Commanding Second and Third Divs., Twenty-third Army Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs me to ask you to select four or five good men from your cavarly, who know somerthing of the country and send them down the Neuse road with instructions to get any tidings of the steamers expected up from New Berne with supplies.

I am, general, your obedient servant,

WM. M. WHERRY,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF NORTH CAROLINA, ARMY OF THE OHIO,

In the Field, Kinston, N. C., March 19, 1865.

Major General D. N. COUCH,

Commanding Second and Third Divs., Twenty-third Army Corps:

GENERAL: The commanding general directs me to say that Captain Graham's company of cavalry will remain here, and he desires all the cavalry on the other side of the river (your side) to cross over to this side early in the morning and report to Colonel Savage.

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

WM. M. WHERRY,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.

HDQRS. SECOND AND THIRD DIVS., 23rd ARMY CORPS,

March 19, 1865.

General McLEAN:

GENERAL: The command will march in the a. m. in the following order, viz: First, the artillery and wagons of General Reilly's division over the pontoon bridge at 6 o'clock; second, the artillery and wagons of General McLean's division over the pontoon bridge; third, General Reilly's division at 8 o'clock over the trestle bridge; fourth, General McLean's division over the trestle bridge. The artillery and wagons after crossing will be parked in the first good ground on the right of the road and await orders from the proper officers.

By command of Major-General Couch:

C. A. CILLEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS PROVISIONAL CORPS,

Faison's Depot, N. C., March 19, 1865.

Major General W. T. SHERMAN,

Commanding Military Division of the Mississippi:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report that, in obedience to your orders, I left the bridge over the Northeast Branch of the Cape Fear River, with my command, on Thursday morning, the 16th instant, expecting to reach this place to-night, but our march was delayed by the extremely bad condition of the roads and the great difficulty I experienced in passing some of the creeks. The troops are now nine miles from here, on the Kenansville road. I came here in person for the purpose of reporting to you, but finding that you are not here I shall send this dispatch and wait till morning for an answer. Having learned