War of the Rebellion: Serial 099 Page 1450 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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ing debts, the troops have not been paid since last August. Some of them never have been paid. Major Hamilton will explain the necessity for the funds, and I hope it will be in the power of your cheif quartermaster and paymaster to supply him with them, and if you cannot that you will send him immediately to Richmond, or whenever the seat of Government may be, to obtain the funds from the Treasury, through the Quartermaster-General's Department. Indeed, I would prefer that Major Hamilton should go on to Richmond as the regular estimates for funds are there and he has a number of letters to deliver and some other business to transact. Besides the obvious injustice and inconvenience of keeping officers and men out of their pay so long, other serious injury results to the service, for in a country so cut off from other portions of the Confederacy, where desertion is so easy and there are so many temptations to desert, men make the fact of non-payment an excuse, pr pretext, for deserting.

Very respectfully,

SAM. JONES,

Major-General, Commanding.

[MARCH 22, 1865. - For Davis to Lee, referring to operations at Bentonville, &c., see Vol. XLIX, Part II.]

NEAR BENTONVILLE, March 22, 1865.

General G. T. BEAUREGARD,

Raleigh:

Send Robertson's brigade to Smithfield to join the army.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

RALIGH, N. C., March 22, 1865.

General J. E. JOHNSTON,

Smithfield:

What disposition shall be made of stores now here not needed for the immediate use of your army?

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

RALEIGH, N. C., MARCH 22, 1865 - 9. 30 p. m.

General J. E. JOHNSTON,

Smithfield:

Have you any orders for rolling stock of the Wilmington and Weldon and Raleigh and Gaston Railroads?

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

NEAR BENTONVILLE, March 22, 1865.

Major W. E. MOORE,

Smithfield:

General Johnston directs that you load all your wagons with subsistence immediately and put them on this side the river on the road Stewart camped on, about where the road to Raleigh turns off. If Captain Crenshaw makes any further difficulty about giving you the wagons after the accompanying order, General Johnston directs that