War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 1438 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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part of Dibrell's command. Stewart wrote just now that the enemy attacked him. Taliaferro is just going in. I think whatever we do should be done quickly. An advance of the line would break them, I think.

Yours, very respectfully,

WADE HAMPTON,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS,

Wilmington and Raleigh Road, March 19, 1865 - 11. 30 a. m.

Major H. B. McCLELLAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

MAJOR: I have the honor to report that I arrived here with Allen's and Ashby's commands. I find the enemy have pickets on this road between Mill Creek and Stone Creek. I learn that Stone Creek is of difficult crossingly; that it can be crossed at but one point, and then only by singly file. I fear that Mill Creek is so full that it cannot be forded. I will try to secure the bridges before the enemy destroys them.

Respectfully, major, obedient servant,

J. WHEELER,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS,

March 18, 1865 - 1. 10 p. m.

Major H. B. McCLELLAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

MAJOR: On reaching Stone Creek I found a few Yankees on south side. I crossed with my advance and captured one prisoner from Twentieth Corps. He states that Twentieth Corps wasmoving on road from Averasborough in direction of Goldsborough, and that the Fourteenth Corps was in front on same road, fighting. When he left his corps it was corduroying the road.

Respectfully, major, your obedient servant,

J. WHEELER,

Major-General.

[Indorsement.]

3 P. M.

General JOHNSTON:

within just handed me by couries, who says he can't find General Hampton, as the latter has gone to General W[eeler]. I suppose it makes no difference.

H. B. McCLELLAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS,

Clinton and Smithfield Road, March 19, 1865 - 3 p. m.

Major H. B. McCLELLAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

MAJOR: My orders were to attack the enemy on this road when the troops on the Goldsborough and Averasborough road attacked. I have found great difficulty in crossing Stone Creek, but on hearing firing on the Goldsborough road I moved a small force across and attacked and