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,
BARBEE'S, March 6, 1865-9 a. m.
(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,
Abstract from field return of McLaw's division, for March 6, 1865.
Command. Office Men. Effecti Total Aggreg
rs. ve present ate
total . presen
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
* Note in column of remarks shows Earle's battalion of artillery withh 307 effective total and 346 aggregate present.
DARLINGTON COURT-HOUSE, March 6, 1865.
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,