HDQRS. PROVISIONAL DIVISION, SHERMAN'S ARMY,
Wilmington, N. C., April 12, 1865.
Colonel H. VON HAMMERSTEIN:
(Care of Brigadier General John P. Hatch, Charleston, S. C.)
COLONEL: The general commanding directs me it say that, in consultation with Major-General Gillmore day before yesterday, General Gillmore remommended him to send transportation from here for the troops under your command belonging to this division. He sends the steamer Champion, which vessel is capable of taking your whole force. You will embark on her without delay and proceed to Wilmington, N. C.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
CHAS. T. GARDNER,
RALEIGH, N. C., April 13, 1865.
(Received 7 p. m. 15th.)
Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT,
City Point, Va.:
We entered Raleigh this morning. Johnston has retreated westward. * I shall move to Asheville [Ashborough] and Salilsbury or Charlotte. I hope Sheridan is coming this way with his cavalry. If I can bring Johnston to a stand I will soon fix him. The people here had not heard of the surrender of Lee, and hardly credit it. All well.
W. T. SHERMAN,
Forward for information of Major-General Sheridan, Burkeville. +
U. S. GRANT,
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Raleigh, April 13, 1865.
Take up iron north of Goldsborough. Push repairs up to Gulley's and Raleigh. Road good this side of Smithfield. I will move on Asheville [Ashborough] and Salisbury and return to Raleigh. The road will be guarded by General Schofield's command. It will need but little guard, as the enemy is all going west.
W. T. SHERMAN,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,
Hilton's Bridge, N. C., April 13, 1865.
Major General W. T. SHERMAN,
Commanding Military Division of the Mississippi:
GENERAL: General Logan has arrived at this point. We found the bridge a new one, recently constructed. Only a few planks were taken
* In one copy the words "will soon surround him" occur at this point.
+ See Vol. XLVI, Part III, p. 761.