War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 1316 Chapter LIX] OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA.

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CHARLOTTE, March 3, 1865.

General R. E. LEE:

Indications are that the enemy will go to FAyetteville, as you surmise. I suggest that all troops within reach should be under the same commander, and, therefore, ordered to obey me.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

RICHMOND, March 3, 1865.

General J. E. JOHNSTON:

Can you not hasten march of Stewart and Cheatham? Do not understand from your dispatch whether enemy is moving upon Cheraw or Florence. If latter, he may return to coast; if former, may go to FAyetteville, when by union with Bragg you migh attack to advantage.

R. E. LEE.

CHARLOTTE, March 3, 1865.

Governor Z. B. VANCE,

RaILEIGH, N. C.:

To make a prompt movement to meet the enemy threatening your capital, I need fifty additional good wahons and teams to transport supplies. To meet the emergecy will you assist me by having them collected from the vicinity of RAleig and Smithfield at the earliest possible moment.

J. E. JOHNSON.

GREENSBOROUGH, March 3, 1865.

Captain C. C. McPHAIL,

General Johnston's Staff:

Every effort shall be made to hve cars at Salisbury in required time. Will telegraph you again to-night.

S. R. CHISMAN,

Major and Quartermaster.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 52. Richmond, March 3, 1865.

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X. Brigadier General H. W. Mercer, Provisional Army, C. S., is relieved from present assigument, and will report for duty to Major General Howel Cobb, commanding, &c., Reserves of Georgia.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JOHN WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQURSTERS,

[March] 3, 1865. (Via FAyetteville 4th.)

General JOHNSTON:

GENERAL: The enemy changed position yesterday. Advanced on Chesterfield Court-House and crossed Thompson's Creek above that