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GOLDSBOROUGH, February 28, 1865.

Colonel JOHN B. SALE,

Raleigh:

Join me here, leaving your records with Mr. Scott. Who is commanding now in Raleigh?

BRAXTON BRAGG.

RALEIGH, February 28, 1865.

General BRAGG:

Your dispatch of to-day just received. Colonel F. M. Parker, Thirtieth North Carolina Regiment, commands here. I will join you on the 2nd.

JOHN B. SALE,

Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

February 28, 1865.

Lieutenant Colonel ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Dispatch received. Will be attended to. Please have all mail for my command sent to Teachey's Depot.

R. F. HOKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

Duplin Road, February 28, 1865. (Received 8. 45 p. m.)

Colonel ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Goldsborough:

One of my scouts just returned. The other has gone into Wilmington. The enemy have crossed troops to the opposite side of Cape Fear; camps are considerable. No boats have been up the river. Evidences of a march up Cape Fear on opposite side. Will inform you fully when other scouts return. Engines and cars on Manchester road.

R. F. HOKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

Duplin Road, February 28, 1865. (Received 11 p. m.)

Colonel ANDERSON,

Goldsborough:

If Sherman continued to his right he would soon get to a point on the Manchester road, and having stock on that road could soon throw his troops to Wilmington from this point. He could demonstrate into the interior and throw his troops to Grant. I know nothing of his movements, and only suggest this, thinking that Grant might suppose he could overwhelm General Lee by overwhelming numbers.

R. F. HOKE,

Major-General.