War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 1358 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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CHARLOTTE, March 9, 1865.

(Received 12. 40 10th.)

General S. COOPER:

Telegram of 8th instant received. Will proceed immediately to execute its order. There is not a piece of artillery in South Carolina in our possession to enable me to discharge my duty and hold the State. I earnestly pray you will send me, without delay, a battery of light artillery. I will mount as far as possible the reserve forces left in South Carolina for active service. Am without artillery, cavalry arms, or ammunition. Will do what I can.

JAS. CHESNUT, JR.,

Brigadier-General.

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

General B. BRAGG, Kinston:

I congratulate you upon the vitory of yesterday, which the army and the country will appreciate. Cox's troops are from Wilmington, where he and Terry commanded corps under Schofield.

J. E. JOHNSTON,

General.

MARCH 9, 1865.

Colonel J. B. SALE,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Goldsborough:

Send on no more troops after the 1,000 of Stewart's.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

GOLDSBOROUGH, March 9, 1865-11. 20 a. m.

General BRAGG, Kinston:

I have not communicated to General Johnston your dispatch stopping all Stewart's corps except the 1,000 named. Orders sent to Smithfield to stop them there. Just received dispatch from General Johnston that all passing Raleigh are ordered to you.

JOHN B. SALE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

NEAR KINSTON, March 9,1 865.

Colonel JOHN B. SALE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Let all the troops ordered here by General Johnston be pressed forward to this point.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

GOLDSBOROUGH, March 9, 1865-12 m.

General BRAGG,

Kinston, N. C.:

Captain Chesnut, commanding squadron Lipscomb's cavalry at Richlands, Onslow County, reported to commanding officer at Duplin's on 8th: "Enemy advancing in force from Wilmington, with infantry,