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HEADQUARTERS JOHNSON'S DIVISION,

Holman's Bridge, February 9, 1865.

Major General J. WHEELER,

Commanding Cavalry Corps:

GENERAL: The enemy's scouts have appeared at this bridge and the bridge below. The bridges being destroyed I have no other information to give.

Respectfully, general, your obedient servant,

Z. C. DEAS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS JOHNSON'S DIVISION,

February 9, 1865.

General WHEELER,

Commanding Cavalry Corps:

GENERAL: Colonel Johnson, at Binnaker's Bridge, reports to me that the enemy had forced the passage of the bridge, and at one hour after dark were about one mile and a half this side of the pridge. I have, in consequence, commenced to withdraw my command.

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

Z. C. DEAS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADDQUARTERS JOHNSON'S DIVISION,

Holman's Bridge, February 9, 1865.

Major General J. WHEELER,

Commanding Cavalry Corps:

GENERAL: I have the honor to forward to you a dispatch just received from Orangeburg. Please send by courier a receipt for it. I will move my headquarters near to Duncan's Bridge after daylingt. I hope you will keep me advised of the movements of the enemy, if you are not too far away, I will open communication with some of your officers nearer to me if I can.

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

Z. C. DEAS,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

Wilmington, February 9, 1865.

His Excellency JEFFERSON DAVIS,

Richmond:

The communication of His Excellency Governor Vance, of North Carolina, covering a resolution from the House of Commons of that State, on the subject of the treatment of slaves, referred by you, was received about the time of the commencement of active operations here. The subject was immediately referred to the responsible commanders for reports, the last of which have been but recently received. All the papers and reports are submitted for your information. It will be perceived that there has been much suffering among this class of employes

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