War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 1428 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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important. It is of great consequence that you should be hereas early as possible to-morrow morning. Please say at what you went into camp.


Assistant Adjutant-General.

SNEED'S HOUSE, March 18, 1865 - 9. 50 p. m.


GENERAL: This house is five miles from Bentonville. My command is about a mile in rear. I shall start at 4 o'clock, so as to reach Bentonville at an early hour in the morning. I did not reach camp till after dark, but if it be necessary I can start my command at an earlier hour. Major Poole, who will deliver this disaptch, will give you all the news respecting the enemy.





Smithfield, N. C., March 18, 1865 - 6. 45 p. m.

Lieutenant-General STEWART,

Commanding Army of Tennessee:

GENERAL: General Johnston directs that you immediately put your command in motion for Bentonville. General Bragg's troops will be four or five miles ahead of you on the same road.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,


Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS BENTONVILLE, March 18, 1865 - 11 p. m.

Lieutenatn-General STEWART,

Commanding Army of Tennessee:

GENERAL: Lieutenant-General Hardee encamps to-night about six miles from here, and will move for this place at 3 o'clock in the morning. General Johnston desires you will have your command put quietly under arms at dawn to-morrow. The wagon trains will not move beyond this place. Lieutenant-General Hampton reports the enemy encamped to-night on the Averasborough and Goldsborough road, three miles west of the point at which the road we are one enters it.

I am, general, very respectfully, &c.,


Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Same to General Bragg.)


March 18, 1865 7 a. m.

General HAMPTON,

Commanding Cavalry:

GENERAL: Your dispatch, covering one from General Wheeler, was received this morning. The Fourteenth and Twentieth Corps advanced yesterday to Averasborough and moved about two miles on the