War of the Rebellion: Serial 100 Page 0196 Chapter LIX. OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA.

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HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,

Wilder's House, near Hinton's Bridge, [April 13], 1865.

Major General F. P. BLAIR,

Commanding Seventeenth Corps:

DEAR GENERAL: I have just returned from Raleigh; saw General Sherman comfortably fixed in the governor's mansion with many citizens, among whom were ex-Governors Graham and Swain. The latter wished to see you very much. Vance sent out his aides, &c., to meet Sherman, but they were intercepted by Hampton, and afterward by Kilpatrick, and Vance, hearing they were arrested, concluded to flee. The Fourteenth Corps is garrisoning the city. Kilpatrick is pushing directly after Johnston, now about twelve miles toward Hillsborough. We will pass straight through Raleigh and encamp to the northwest of the city to-morrow night. I think you will find it better to lay the pontoon instead of following the Fifteenth Corps.

Respectfully,

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 95. Near Battle's Bridge, N. C., April 13, 1865.

The command will move forward to Raleigh to-morrow morning as folfows: The Fourth Division, Bvt. Major General G. A. Smith commanding, will move at 7 a. m., taking the road in front of his camp. The Third Division, Bvt. Major General M. D. Leggett commanding, will follow the Fourth Division. The First Division, Brigadier General M. F. Force commanding, will follow the Third Division. The commanding officer of the pontoon train will commence to lay his bridge early enough to enable him to complete it by 8 a. m. Lieutenant Colonel S. T. Hughes, commanding Ninth Illinois Mounted Infantry, will cross the bridge as soon as completed. As soon as everything is across the pontoon bridge will be taken up and will follow the command.

By command of Major General F. P. Blair:

C. CADLE, Jr.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, Numbers 85.

SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS, In the Field, N. C., April 13, 1865.

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II. This command will march to-morrow morning at 7 o'clock. The Second Brigade will have the advance, moving on the --- of the road. The First Brigade will follow the Second Brigade. The battery, ambulances, and trains as heretofore.

By order of Bvt. Major General M. D. Leggett:

WM. H. HESSIN,

Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF GEORGIA,

April 13, 1865.

Major General J. C. DAVIS,

Commanding Fourteenth Army Corps.

GENERAL: You will move your corps to-morrow to a point near Jones' Cross-Roads. The portion of Walcutt's division not on duty in