War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 1364 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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NEAR KINSTON, March 10, 1865-3. 45 p. m.

General J. E. JOHNSTON, Raleigh:

The enemy is storngly intrenched in the position to which we drove him. Yesterday and to-day we have moved on his flanks, but without gaining any decided advantage. His line is extensive, and risoners report large re-enforcements. Under these conditions I deem it best, with the information you give, to join you, which I shall proceed to do, unless otherwise directed.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

NEAR KINSTON, March 10, 1865-5 p. m.

General J. E. JOHNSTON, Raleigh:

My cavalry is retreating before a heavy column of the enemy now in Onslow County, moving from Wilmington on my right and rear. Deserters from Wilmington confirm this report.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

NEAR KINSTON, March 10, 1865-6 p. m.

General J. E. JOHNSTON, Raleigh:

There is no doubt about the movement of a heavy column from Wilmington in this direction. Will you have any means of delaying Sherman so as to enable me to save supplies, or must the junction be immediate?

BRAXTON BRAGG.

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

General B. BRAGG, Kinston:

Dispatches 3. 45 and 4 p. m. received. Your first move had better be to Goldsborough.

J. E. JOHNSTON,

General.

RALEIGH, March 11 [10?], 1865-10. 30 p. m.

General B. BRAGG, Kinston:

Lieutenant-General Hardee reports from Fayetteville Federal army within seven miles. Intends to cross river to-night. Cavalry will cross in the morning. Move immediately to Smithfield. What amount of transportation have you? Bring all you can.

J. E. JOHNSTON,

General.

KINSTON, March 10, 1865-11. 15 p. m.

General J. E. JOHNSTON, Raleigh:

Troops in motion. We have field transportation for 10,000, but it is much scattered, collecting supplies. Will be called in immediately.

BRAXTON BRAGG.