War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 0966 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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HEADQUARTERS PROVISIONAL CORPS,

Near Cox's Bridge, N. C., March 22, 1865.

Brigadier General CHARLES J. PAINE,

Commanding Third Division, Twenty-fifth Army Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding requests that you will at once send across the pontoon bridge General Bates and Myrick's battery to the position now occupied by General Duncan's brigade. You will please intrench as strongly as possible a sufficient space to contain your whole division.

By order of Major-General Terry:

A. TERRY,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS PROVISIONAL CORPS,

Cox's Bridge, N. C., March 22, 1865.

Brigadier General C. J. PAINE,

Commanding Third Division, Twenty-fifth Army Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding is informed that a portion of your command is burning buildings and destroying property in front of and within our lines, and has directed me to say that while proper foraging is not prohibited, and indeed absolutely necessary for the support of the command, wanton destruction cannot be permitte, d and you will please take measures to put a stop to it immediately.

I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. TERRY,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE SOUTH,

Hilton Head, S. C., March 22, 1865.

(Received 11. 10 a. m. 25th.)

Major-General HALLECK:

GENERAL: The first load of troops belonging to General Sherman's army will start for North Carolina to-morrow, and a second load will start the next day after. There are between 7,000 and 8,000 of Sherman's men here.

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.

HILTON HEAD, S. C., March 22, 1865--10 a. m.

(Received 11. 30 a. m. 25th.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

Chief of Staff:

Your dispatch of the 12th is received. I have sent two brigades and a half to Wilmington, amounting to over 4,000 men. Orders from General Sherman, dated the 12th at Fayetteville, direct me to send an expedition of 2,500 men to Sumterville and Florence to destroy railroad stock and munitions. A copy of his dispatch is sent you by mail. * From General Grant's order of February 19, I judge that in case of a conflict of orders I must carry out General Sherman's.

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.

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*See Sherman to Foster, p. 804.

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