ROCK HILL, S. C., February 21, 1865.
General WADE HAMPTON,
Chesterville, S. C.:
Arrived a few moments ago. The general desires you to report to-day's operations and movements of enemy.
JOHN M. OTEY,
CHESTER, February 21, 1865.
No movement reported on Monticello road. Enemy did not occupy Winnsborough till to-day. Wheeler reports force this evening two miles west Youngsville. All quiet here.
RICHMOND, VA., February 22, 1865.
General G. T. BEAUREGARD,
Chester, S. C.:
Your telegram of yesterday received, and a copy of it sent to General Lee. Your request for large re-enforcements from the Army of Virginia will best be judted of General Lee. I am sorry to see that youdo not expect a junction to be made by Stewart and Cheatham in time for the pressing emergency. I had hoped that by moving on the left of the enemy, if he were obstructed in his advance, they would reach you before any junction could be made by Sherman with Shchofield or Grant. The position of the enemy near Wilmington endangers the continued use of the railroads on the east of your line of retreat.
[FEBRUARY 22, 1865. -For Lee to Breckinridge, relative to resisting Sherman's advance, see Vol. XLVI, Part II, p. 1247.]
WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,
Richmond, Va., February 22, 1865.
General R. E. LEE,
The railroad between Salisbury and Goldsborough necessary for supply. Transportation [of] prisoners between these points must be delayed or marched through the country. For marching, strong guards of munted men wanted. Can you give directions or make suggestions on the subject. Write to you to-day concerning this.
J. A. CAMPBELL,
Assistant Secretary of War.
February 22, 1865. (Received 9. 10 a. m.)
Honorable J. C. BRECKINRIDGE,
Secretary of War:
From dispatch of General Bragg of 21st, conclude he had abandoned Cape Fear River. Says he is embarrassed by prisoners.