ROCK HILL, S. C., February 21, 1865-8 a. m.
Governor Z. B. VANCE,
Raleigh, N. C.:
We will endeavor to check enemy as far soth as possible. Greensborough is only a temporary point of concentration. Enemy from Charlotte may move on Greensborough, Raleigh, or Wilmington.
G. T. BEAUREARD.
WILMINGTON, February 21, 1865.
General S. COOPER,
I find all our troops on this side Cape Fear. The enemy in force on the west, and our communications south cut. We are greatly outnumbered. General Schofield in command with two corps. He refuses to receive prisoners and they are being sent north.
Respectfully submitted to the Honorable Secretary of War.
JOHN W. RIELY,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
(Copy sent to the President.)
RICHMOND, February 21, 1865,.
General Beauregard should be kept informed of the state of things at Wilmington, and whether troops can pass from South Carolina via Wilmington to defend to interior.
J. A. CAM, MPBELL,
Assistant Secretary of War.
WILMINGTON, February21, 1865.
(Received 11 a. m.)
General R. E. LEE,
I find on arrival that our forces are driven from the west bank of Cape Fear. The enemy's force is two corps under Schofield.
February 21, 1865. (Via Richmond.)
Destroy all cotton, tobacco, and naval stores that would otherwise fall into the hands of the enemy, in accordance with thelaw published in General Orders, Numbers 4, current series, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office.
R. E. LEE.