War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 1334 Chapter LIX] OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA.

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WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,

Richmond, Va., March 6, 1865.

J. S. THRASHER,

Superintendent Press Association, Charlotte, N. C.:

General Chesnut has been ordered to report his command of Reserves to General Johnston. It is very important to the Government to establisch the line of couriers, but it devolves upon General Johnston to ditermine whether cavalry can be spared.

JOHN C. BRECKINBRIDGE,

Secretary of War.

GOLDSBOROUGH, March 6, 1865.

His Excellency Governor VANCE,

Raleigh. N. C.:

I thank you for you kind offer to feed the pasing troops, and have instructed operator as suggested.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

GOLDSBOROUGH, March 6, 1865-3 p. m.

General J. E. JOHNSTON,

Fayetteville:

The enemy's advance was this morning nine miles from Kinston. They are in heavy force and moving in confidence. a few hours would suffice to unite the forces at Smithfield with mine and insure a victory.

BRAXTON BRAGG,

General.

FAYETTEVILLE, N. C., March 6, 1865-8,30 p. m.

Geneal B. BRAGG,

Goldsborough:

In obedience to the orders of the general-in-cief General Johnston assumes command of the troops serving in North Carolina.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

FAYETTEVILLE, March 6, 1865-10 p. m.

General BRAGG,

Goldsborough:

General Johnston desires you will call the troops at smithfield down to Goldsborough. Orders will be sent to those passing Raleigh to go to Goldsborough. As these troops are requered against Sherman also, they can only leave Goldsborough for a few hours for an impending fight.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.