War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 0938 Chapter LIX. OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA.

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HEADQUARTERS LEFT WING, ARMY OF GEORGIA,

In the Field, N. C., March 21, 1865.

General DAVIS,

Commanding Fourteenth Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you hold your corps ready ready to take the offensive. He has just been informed by the general-in-chief that a general engagement this afternoon is not improbable.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ROBT. P. DECHERT,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS LEFT WING, ARMY OF GEORGIA,

In the Field, N. C., March 21, 1865.

Major-General DAVIS,

Commanding Fourteenth Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs me to inform you that the Twentieth Corps will be moved to the rear of the Right Wing to-morrow. Your corps will probably follow the next day. He wishers you to conform to the position, as your corps will be on the left and rear of the army.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ROBT. P. DECHERT,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS LEFT WING, ARMY OF GEORGIA,

In the Field, N. C., March 21, 1865.

Major-General DAVIS,

Commanding Fourteenth Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs me to say that you need not make any change in the position of your troops at present.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ROBT. P. DECHERT,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

CIRCULAR.] HDQRS. FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, Bentonville, N. C., March 21, 1865.

Division commanders will hold their commads in readiness to take the offensive. The general-in-chief deems a general engagement this afternoon not improbable.

By order of Bvt. Major General Jef. Davis:

A. C. McCULURG,

Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.

P. S. -General Davis does not think this need interfere with General Morgan's execution of his last orders.

Respectfully,

A. C. McCLUNG,

Assistant Adjutant-General, &c.