War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 1356 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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FAYETTEVILLE, March 9, 1865-6. 30 a. m.

OPERATOR AT SMITHFIELD:

Convey to any officer commanding troops arriving at Smithfield this, General Johnston's, order to proceed immediately to Kinston. Acknowledge.

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GOLDSBOROUGH, March 9, 1865.

OPERATOR AT SMITHFIELD:

When about 1,000 have passed this way, including the 250 yesterday, under Colonel Colbert, stop all others at Smithfield. If Loring's division exceeds this number let it all come. Show this to officers commanding.

JOHN B. SALE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GOLDSBOROUGH, March 9, 1865-5. 45 p. m.

OPERATOR AT SMITHEFIELD:

Instructions now changed. Hurry on all troops to Kinston. Show this to Colonel Burr, Captain Brewer, and other officers commanding troops arrived and to arrive. How many troops now at Smithfield? Is any transportation from here needed? Answer immediaterly.

JOHN B. SALE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Memorandum for Lieutenant-General Hardee.

FAYETTEVILLE, March 9, 1865-3. 30 p. m.

To prepare a crossing for Lieutenant-General Hampton and send him information. To remain here as long as practicable wutgiyt cimpromising the safety of his command, in order to delay the enemy. When he leaves to move by the Raleigh road on the east bank of Cape Fear. If it is not practicable to destroy a portion of the bridge merely to burn it. To keep a few picked scouts to observe the enemy's movements between the fayetteville railroad and river. His object will be to keep between the enemy and Raleigh, and his movements directed accordingly. To do all he can to delay the enemy's passage of the river in order that our forces may be concentrated as near it as possible. Remove all able-bodied negroes, saddle and draft animals, and means of transportation.

By order of General Johnston:

A. ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

MCNEILL'S HOUSE,

March 9, 1865-11. 30 p. m.

Lieutenant-General HARDEE, Fayetteville:

GENERAL: The troops of the Army of Tennessee are collecting at Smithfield. The memorandum furnished you to-day respecting your movements was based on the idea of the enemy's moving on