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labor in abundance, with all necessary subsistence and tools. It is not improbable the enemy may go via Cheraw to Fayetteville, where supplies can be sent to him by way of the Cape Fear River, afterward to Goldsborough or Raleigh, and establish a temporary base at New Berne. Should this prove to be the case, such forces as we have can be concentrated in the eastern part of this State, in time, it is hoped, to meet him.

I am, with high respect, your obedient servant,

J. F. GILMER,

Major-General and Chief Engineer.

[FEBRUARY 23, 1865. - For General Orders, Numbers 8, from Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, Richmond, relating to the service of the Reserves, see Vol. XLVI, Part II, p. 1251.]

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 45.

Richmond, February 23, 1865.

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XIII. General J. E. Johnston, C. S. Army, is assigned to duty, and will report for orders by telegraph to General R. E. Lee, Commander-in-Chief, Petersburg, Va.

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By command of the Secretary of War;

JOHN WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, Numbers 51.

February 23, 1865.

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VI. Brigadier General C. Leventhorpe, Provisional Army, C. S., will report to General B. Bragg, commanding, &c., for assignment to the command of Clingman's brigade, Hook's division.

By command of General R. E. Lee:

W. H. TAYLOR,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

In the Field, Charlotte, N. C., February 23, 1865-2 p. m.

Lieutenant-General STEWART, or

Major-General CHEATHAM,

At or about Newberry, S. C.:

Wilmington having fallen into the hands of the enemy, it renders the movement via that city impracticable at present. Hence, should you have already reached the vicinity of Columbia, you will repair to Cheraw by railroad, as already instructed, from Statesburg or Manchester, with as much rapidity as possible; thence by dirt road to Greensborough, via Wadesborough and Ashborough. Couriers will