War of the Rebellion: Serial 100 Page 0058 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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GOLDSBOROUGH, March 29, 1865.

(Received 5 p. m.)

COMMANDING OFFICERS 128TH AND 175TH NEW YORK VOLS.:

(Care of Brigadier-General Harland, Kinston.)

You will report for temporary duty with your regiments to Brigadier-General Harland at Kinston.

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.

GOLDSBOROUGH, March 29, 1865.

Brigadier-General HARLAND,

Kinston:

Detail a good regiment to guard the public stores at the railroad bridge below Kinston.

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE SOUTH,

Hilton Head, S. C., March 29, 1865.

Brigadier General J. A. RAWLINS,

Chief of Staff, U. S. Armies, City Point, Va.:

GENERAL: I inclose herewith a copy of a letter* from General Sherman from a point twelve miles from Fayetteville, N. C., directiing an expedition to be sent to Florence and Sumterville. The letter which the general says he sent General Foster from Fayettevile was dated the 12th of March, and came safely to hand after considerable detention. The expedition is to start from Georgetown, and would have been off before now if a heavy northeaster, which is still raging, had not delayed the concentration of the troops. It will probably start day after to-morrow for Florence, and will then move on Sumterville, returning by way of the shortest rute to transports on Santee River. I most hearily approve and shall cordially carry out in good faith the views of General Sherman and the orders of the lieuenant-general in regard to the reduction to the minimum of the garrisons on this coast. Between 800 and 900 of the 5,000 white troops which I ordered to go to North Carolina I shall detain until the expedition returns.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General of Volunteers.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Goldsborough, N. C., March 29, 1865.

Major General Q. A. GILLMORE,

Commanding Department of the South:

GENERAL: By direction of Major-General Sherman, you will please furnish this office, as early as possible, a list of the regiments, companies of artillery, and other company organizations, if there be any, giving the place where on duty. You will also furnish a report of the

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*See Part II, p. 856.

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