CHARLOTTE, N. C., March 7, 1865.
Concord, N. C.:
March your command to Salisbury and call upon Major Willis, quartermaster, for transportation to Fayetteville.
JOHN M. OTEY,
ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 56. Richmond, March 8, 1865.
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XXV. Paragraph XXIV, Special Orders, Numbers 55, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, current series, is hereby revoked, and Brigadier General James Chesnut, Provisional Army, C. S., will return to South Carolina and enter actevely upon the duties prescribed in General Orders, Numbers 8, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, current series. Such of the reserve forces of South Carolina as may be available will be placed under the orders of General J. E. Johnston, commanding, &c.
By command of the Secretary of War:
FAYETTEVILLE, March 8, 1865-2,30 p. m.
General R. E. LEE:
Sherman has been marching with extended front. After concentration hope for opportunity to fight his divided troops. If unsuccessful, where can I cross Roanoke, and what route do you prefer? Am told that Ordnance Department has many boats at Clarksville. Want of pontoons great evil. Enemy amply supplied.
J. E. JOHNSTON,
CHARLOTTE, N. C., March 8, 1865-2 p. m.
General R. E. LEE,
General Hampton reports from Grassy Island Ford on 6th, at 4 p. m:
Enemy all moved down river in direction of Sneedsborough and Cheraw.
He met only small party cavalry north Wadesborough.
G. T. BEAUREGARD.
CHARLOTTE, N. C., March 8, 1865-10,30 a. m.
General JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON,
Fayetteville, N. C.:
I respectfully suggest that Governor Vance and yourself call on the people residing along Sherman's supposed line of march to remove temporarily all their supplies and animals at least twenty miles to the right or left of his flank routes. Their negroes should be employed under proper engineer officers in obsturcting roads and fords.
G. T. BEAUREGARD.