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Creek. I said "hearing that the infantry had crossed," &c., and meant our infantry. The creek I have been skirmishing on to-day is three miles in front of Mingo. Finding this evening that the road from Stallings Bridge to Smithfield was open, I have sent a squadron to Draughan's Cross-Roads to picket that road. There is not other force on it. Colonel Dibrell did at one time cover this road, but it seems has moved farther to the left.

Very respectfully, &c.,

WM. W. ALLEN,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS YOUNG'S CAVALRY BRIGADE,

March 18, 1865.

Major PRESTON:

Ashby has just returned and reports the enemy encampe principally beyond and around Blackman Lee's Stores; also a small camp about two miles this side, where the Goldsborough road leaves the road from Lee's to this place, with pickets a short distance this side the latter camp. The scouts sent out for prisoners have not returned yet.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. J. WRIGHT,

Colonel, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

Smithfield, March 18, 1865.

Brigadier General Louis Hebert, chief engineer of the department, will proceed immediately with his personal staff to weldon, N. C., and superintend the construction of the important defenses there. On hisarrival there he will make immediate inspection and report upon the condition and progress of the work.

By order of General Bragg:

JOHN B. SALE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SMITHFIELD, March 18, 1865 - 6. 55 a. m.

Major-General HOKE,

Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: The general commanding firects that you immediately put your command en route for Bentonville.

Very respectfully,

JOHN B. SALE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

Bentonville, March 18, 1865 - 9 p. m.

Major-General HOKE:

The commanding general firects that you have your command ready to move at daylight to-morrow morning.

Respectfully, &c.,

JOHN B. SALE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.