War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 0964 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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

In the Field, Goldsborough, March 22, 1865.

Major General J. D. COX,

Commanding Provisional Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding desires that you make a detail of 100 men, in charge of a good officer, with pioneer tools, to report to the officer in charge of the pontoon train at the railroad bridge.

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

WM. M. WHERRY,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.

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

In the Field, Goldsborough, March 22, 1865.

Colonel JAMES W. SAVAGE,

Commanding Twelfth New York Cavalry:

The commanding general directs that you scout all the country adjacent to the Kinston railroad. Find that South Carolina cavalry and whip it. He is assured there is not enough force in that country to whip you.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. M. WHERRY,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.

HDQRS. PROVISIONAL CORPS, ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Goldsborough, N. C., March 22, 1865.

Brigadier-General CARTER, &c.:

GENERAL: The commanding general directs that your order one regiment of your command to proceed at daylight to-morrow morning to the railroad bridge at Bear Creek, for the purpose of guarding the crossing and getting out timber for the reconstruction of the bridge. If you require more axes than you now have, Brigadier-General Henderson, commanding Third Brigade, Third Division, Twenty-third Army Corps, will turn over to your quartermaster two or three dozen new ones.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

THEO. COX,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Bentonville, N. C., March 22, 1865--6. 30 a. m.

Major General A. H. TERRY,

Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: I am directed by the general-in-chief to write you. The effect of the operations of our skirmishers yesterday and last night has been that the enemy has left his position and retired toward or beyond Mill Creek, and we are at this moment pursuing with skirmishers, but with no intention of going beyond Mill Creek. The general desires you to use al possible expedition in effecting a crossing at Cox's Bridge over Neuse, getting the bridge down at the earliest practicable moment. If the bridge train has not reached you, he wishes that you send couriers to it to hurry up. Communicate these facts