War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 1368 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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HEADQUARTERS,

Near Kinston, March 10, 1865-6. 30 p. m.

Brigadier General L. S. BAKER,

Commanding Second District:

General Bragg directs that you give to staff officers necessary instructions for disposition for burning all cotton about Kinston and Goldsoborough which cannot be taken away.

Very respectfully, &c.,

F. S. PARKER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

GOLDSBOROUGH, March 10,1 865-12. 25 a. m.

General BRAGG,

Kinston, N. C.:

This dispatch just received from Hardee's adjutant-general, dated Fayetteville, 9th, 10 p. m.:

Colonel SALE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

General Johnston left this evening for Raleigh. A telegram would reach him to-morrow morning at Barbee's; evening at Raleigh. Indications are, Sherman is moving upon Fayetteville. His advance very near here.

JOHN B. SALE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GOLDSBOROUGH, March 10, 1865-4. 45 a. m.

General BRAGG,

Kinston, N. C.:

Troop train with General Walthall and 354 men leaving now for Kinston. Many of them lack cartridge-boxes and some lack arms. Have just started a train to Smithfield for 100 more. Cheatham ought to be at Raleigh, but not yet heard from.

JOHN B. SALE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KINSTON, March 10, 1865-9. 35 a. m.

Colonel SALE,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Goldsborough:

The enemy's strength and natural advantages of position prevented us from dislodging him yesterday.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

GOLDSBOROUGH, March 10, 1865-1 p. m.

General BRAGG, Kinston:

More confirmation of chesnut's reports. Last night a well-known, credible gentleman came to Warsaw from Lake Catherine, and this morning sent information here by messenger that a corps of infantry, three regiments of cavalry, with artillery, staid at Lake Catherine Wednesday night, having staid Tuesday night at Stump Sound, alias Golden Place. They had marched rapidly. Lake Catherine is about