War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 1236 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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pontoon bridge at Wilmington. See that it is promptly got across to Wilmington and make arrangements at once to get my command over when I come. Reply at once. If the arrangements are ample I may have to evacuate before night; and, if so, will have to do so fighting with the enemy close upon me. Hurry the guides and maps for the event of my having to go higher up.

JOHNSON HAGOOD,

Brigadier-General.

TOWN CREEK BRIDGE, February 20, 1865.

Major PARKER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:

I am now evacuating. Enemy are turning my flank and are pushing me too strong. Am obliged to do so.

JOHNSON HAGOOD,

Brigadier-General.

FEBRUARY 20, 1865-8. 30 p. m.

Colonel ANDERSON:

My advance guard is passing the pontoon. Where are we to bivouac on the Wilmington side?

JOHNSTON HAGOOD,

Brigadier-General.

Shall I destroy railroad bridge? If not otherwise ordered, shall.

GOLDSBOROUGH, February 20, 1865.

(Received 11 o'clock.)

General R. E. LEE, Headquarters:

The raiding party toward Tarborough, finding a force in their front, returned toward New Berne after destroying a small amount of stores at Greenville. Nothing further from New Berne to-day.

Respectfully,

L. S. BAKER,

Brigadier-General.

GOLDSBOROUGH, February 20, 1865.

Major-General HOKE:

The raid returned toward New Berne after destroying the stores at Greenville. Nothing further from New Berne to-day.

Respectfully,

L. S. BAKER,

Brigadier-General.

WHITE OAK, February 20, 1865-10. 30 a. m.

Lieutenant-General HAMPTON,

Winnsborough, S. C.:

If retrograde movement be confirmed Butler's proposed movement is approved.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.