War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 1350 Chapter LIX] OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA.

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GOLDSBOROUGH, March 8, 1865.

Major L. B. FRENCH,

Richmond, Va.:

Hoke struck enemy's rear at Kinston and captured 1,500 prisoners. So far battle progressing in our favor.

S. V. REID,

Major, &c.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQR. DEPT. OF NORTH CAROLINA, Numbers 57. Near Kinston, March 8, 1865-12 p. m.

I. Major General D. H. Hill will move immediately to the front with all his command, and take the line now held by Major Ge. R. F. Hoke. a staff officer, with guides, will be left to direct such troops as may arrive to the same point.

II. On being relieved Major-General Hoke's, with his division, will move to the right, to turn the enemy's position, and strike him in flank.

III. Brigadier General L. S. Baker's command during this operation will be under Major-General Hill.

IV. As soon as it is perceived that Major-General Hoke's movement is successful, and that the enemy's line wavers, Major-General Hill will attack vigorously in front and push the enemy with his whole strengh.

V. Major-General Hill should be in position so as to enable Major-General Hoke to move by 5 a. m.

VI. On the arrival of Brigadier-General Hagood he will take position in rear of Major-General Hill as a reserve.

VII. Lieutenant-Colonel Starr, commanding the artillery, will report to Major-General Hill.

By order of General Bragg:

F. S. PARKER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

CIRCULAR FIELD ORDERS.] IN THE FIELD, March 8, 1865.

Any troops arriving to-night must march promptly to field, reporting at headquarters on Dover road.

By order of General Bragg:

FRANCIS S. PARKER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

KINSTON, March 8, 1865-1,30 p. m.

Major-General HILL:

Major-General Hoke informs General Bragg that if your forces are pushed down the Neuse road and over to the British road, down which he is driving the enemy, a large force will be captured. General Bragg directs that you make this movement.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

F. S. PARKER,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.