War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 0922 Chapter LIX. OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA.

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HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH CORPS,

Near Mill Creek, March 20, 1865.

Brigadier-General WARD,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: The general commanding directs that you move forward your skirmish line immediately, supporting it, but without bringing on a general engagement.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. MOYER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH CORPS,

Near Mill Creek, N. C., March 20, 1865.

General W. T. WARD:

GENERAL: The brevet major-general commanding the corps directs that you have your command in readiness to move at daybreak to-morrow.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. MOYER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Bentonville, March 20, 1865-2 p. m.

General SCHOFIELD:

Your dispatch of yesterday is received. You can march into Goldsborough without opposition. General Terry is at Faison's and I have ordered him to Cox's Bridge till the present action is over. I am now within two miles of Slocum but Johnston is between us; we are now skirmishing. After occupying Goldsborough, if you hear northing to the contrary, join a part of your forces with General Terry's and come to me wherever I may be.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

ROCKFORD, N. C., March 20, 1865-5 p. m.

Major-General SHERMAN:

My troops will be at this place to-night, which is on the north bank of the Neuse, about midway between Kinston and Goldsborough. Unless I hear from you or get information indicating it to be unwise to do so, I will march for Goldsborough to-morrow. A troop of cavalry passed down the south bank this p. m., and I presume with dispatches from you or General Terry. If so, I will get them to-night.

Very respectfully,

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.