War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 1333 Chapter LIX] CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. -CONFEDERATE.

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from your present position to fayetteville, if still practicable; if not, to Raleigh. The ends to be attained by this movement are so momentous-indeed, so vital-to success of operations which have been determined upon, that it is expected you will permit none but insurmontable obstatcles to turn you aside from the appemt, except, of course, if General Johnston should see cause, in the existing state of affairs, to change your instructions and give other orders.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. T. BEAUREGRD,

General.

BARBEE'S, March 6, 1865-9 a. m.

Lieutenant-General HARDEE:

(Care Colonel Childs, Fayetteville.)

It is too late to turn to Fayetteville. Take the best route to Raleigh. It may be through Egypt, crossing both Deep and Haw Rivers, near their junction. There is a bridge over Deep River. You must not go toward Greensborough, but to raleigh, if you cannot turn to Fayetteville, of which you must judge. Where is the cavalry?

J. E. JOHNSTON,

General.

Abstract from field return of McLaw's division, for March 6, 1865.

Command. Office Men. Effecti Total Aggreg

rs. ve present ate

total . presen

present t.

.

Harrison's brigade . . . . . . 948 1,075 1,156

Blanchard's brigade . . . . . . 481 552 559

Fisr's brigade . . . . . . 487 839 899

Henderson's brigade . . . . . . 270 344 385

Hardy's brigade . . . . . . 509 676 733

Conner's brigade . . . . . . 1,383 1,448 1,570

Grand total* . . . . . . 4,387 4,934 5,338

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* Note in column of remarks shows Earle's battalion of artillery withh 307 effective total and 346 aggregate present.

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DARLINGTON COURT-HOUSE, March 6, 1865.

Captain LILLARD,

Commanding:

CAPTAIN: I take pleasure in communicating in writing the dispatch form Brigdier-General Robertson:

Express to Captain Lillard and his gallant Tennesseeans my thanks for their handsome behavior yesterday.

Yours, very rspectfully,

JOHN JENKS,

Major.