War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 1290 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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RALEIGH, February 27, 1865.

General J. E. JOHNSTON:

I have two regiment of detailed men that I can call into service if you desire. Please inform me of your wishes.

TH. H. HOLMES,

Lieutenant-Colonel.

CONCORD, February 27, 1865.

General J. E. JOHNSTON:

Bad management of railroad. Thirty-eight hours to this place and no prospect of getting on; two trains at this place waiting orders to move.

W. F. AVENT,

Major, &c.

CHARLOTTE, February 28, 1865.

Honorable J. C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War, Richmond:

I respectfully urge that four months' pay be immediaely given to the troops of this department, and a small part in specie to each private and that the money be sent to Major Deslonde - four months for 20,000 men.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

CHARLOTTE, February 28, 1865.

Honorable J. C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War, Richmond:

The Navy Department has a quantity of coffee here. It would be very valuable to our troops. I suggest its transfer.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

CHERAW, February 28, 1865-12 m.

General J. E. JOHNSTON:

GENERAL: Since my dispatch to you yesterday I learn from Major General Butler that the Seventeenth Army Corps crossed yesterday at Young's Bridge, on Lyncyh's Creek, and that the Fifteenth and Seventeenth Army Corps are marching on this place. His dispatch was dated at 6 p. m. yesterday at Kellytown. General Butler stated his intention of moving last night, so as to get between Cheraw and the enemy. I regret to state that the troops I mentioned as being in rear, and which I expected here last night with the artillery, have not arrived. There has been no arrival of trains since yesterday afternoon. I have sent down an engine to learn the cause. I do not apprehend that the road is cut, but that there has been some collision I have no doubt. This road, like all others in the Confederacy, is wretchedly managed. With proper management I ought to have had everything here by this time. I have serious apprehensions that the troops in rear will not reach here before I am compelled to evacuate the place. This matter gives me serious concern, but I have the satisfaction of feeling that I have used