War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 1436 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

March 18, 1865.

Lieutenant Colonel J. B. STARR:

COLONEL: The general commanding directs that you death a four-gun battery of your reserve battalion, and send to Cox's Bridge, on Neuse River, to cross to north side and report there to Colonel J. N. Whitford, for defense of the bridge against enemy's approach from direction of Fayetteville. Let the battery start at daylight in the morning.

Very respectfully,

JOHN B. SALE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

Bentonville, March 18, 1865.

Colonel S. D. POOL, Goldsborough:

COLONEL: The general commanding directs that you send the whole of Whitford's command to Cox's Bridge, on the Neuse, immediately, instructing him to take position to defend the bridge to the last against the approach of Sherman's forces direction of Fayetteville. A four-gun battery will be started there at dawn in the morning to report to him. Against cavalry or a small force of infantry it can be successfully held, but if driven away he must destroy the bridge at all hazards and bring off his command. You must rely on the cavalry alone to opose the enemy approaching from Kinston. Lipscomb asks for 400 sabers. They will be sent from Raleigh by rail, if you telegraph the ordnances officer there that it will be safe to do so.

Very respectfully,

JOHN B. SALE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

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

Colonel S. D. POOL, Goldsborough:

Send Whitford's entire command immediately to Cox's Bridge, directing him to take position there to defens against enemy approaching from Toward Fayetteville. He will prepare the bridge to be destroyed when it can no longer be held. A battery will be sent to him from here in morning early.

JOHN B. SALE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

RALEIGH, N. C., March 18, 1865 - 7. 10 p. m.

Major General ARNOLD ELZEY,

Augusta, Ga.:

(From Winnsborough by courier-line.)

General Johnston orders that the light batteries not brought here and not required for the defense of Augusta be collected at Macon, where you will establish your headquarters and reorganize and re-equip your batteries.

By command of General Beauregard:

JOHN M. OTEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.