War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 1362 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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AUGUSTA, March 10, 1865.

General J. E. JOHNSTON, or

G. T. BEAUREGARD:

(Care Commanding Officer Charlotte, to be sent with cipher dispatch.)

Have read General Taylor's cipher. Have about 5,000 men here organized. Trains arriving. Hope to start for Charlotte with trains, &c., in about five days. Delays now occasioned by heavy rains and non-arrival of pontoons.

S. D. LEE,

Lieutenant-General.

AUGUSTA, March 10, 1865.

Lieutenant General R. TAYLOR, Meridian:

Colonel Brent gone. Trains of army now arriving. Troops can march for army east of this point. Are organized and being organized for that purpose. I wills tart in about five days with trains and command of 5,000. This in reply to your of 8th to Colonel Brent. Will forward cipher dispatch of 8th. Telegraphic communication perfect between Columbus and Charlotte.

S. D. LEE,

Lieutenant-General.

RALEIGH, March 10, 1865-5. 30 p. m.

Lieutenant-General HARDEE, Fayetteville:

Keep your reserve artillery about fifteen miles in your rear, provided it can be subsisted on the country, so as to bring it into action, if necessary. Where is General Hampton?

J. E. JOHNSTON,

General.

RALEIGH, March 10, 1865-7. 30 p. m.

Lieutenant-General HARDEE, Fayetteville:

Do what you can to impede enemy, with Hampton's help. Send dispatches either by Smithfield or Barbee's.

J. E. JOHNSTON,

General.

CAHRLOTTE, N. C., March 10, 1865-1. 30 p. m.

Lieutenant General W. J. HARDEE,

Fayetteville, N. C.:

Please send me copy of my telegram from Columbia, S. C., ordering evacuation of Charleston, dated, I think, 16th February.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

Memoranda.

HEADUQUARTERS,

Fayetteville, N. C., March 10, 1865.

The troops will proceed across the Cape Fear River to night in the following order: Artillery and wagons immediately; blanchard's brigade,