HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Raleigh, N. C., April 16, 1865.
Major McCoy is here. We will leave here to-morrow at 8 a. m., with, say, twenty officers, for whom please have horses. Also have a good company of your cavalry to escort us, and go along myself. We will bring our saddles.
W. T. SHERMAN,
GOLDSBOROUGH, April 16, 1865.
No news from Sherman to-day. It is reported by an officer who came from the front last night that Johnston had asked permission to send a messenger through to Lee, to consult with his as to surrender of his (Johnston's) army, and that messenger had gone through. Philadelphia Inquirer of 12th states that Jeff. Davis was captured by Stoneman; not reliable. No news from the North. Will telegraph if any received.
H. W. BIRGE,
WILMINGTON, [April 16], 1865 - 3. 40 p. m.
(For Colonel Smith or commanding officer of Provisional Division now on the way up.)
General Sherman wishes you to march on to Goldsborough and there await orders. Selma, Ala., is captured, with Forrest and Roddey and and their entire commands, and Lynchburg has surrendered.
J. R. HAWLEY,
WILMINGTON, April 16, 1865.
Lieutenant G. L. JOHNSON,
If the Champion comes from Charleston in time to get up here by sunset, she is to come on. If she could not get up here before to-morrow morning, let her go on immediately to Morehead City. Givethis to the officer commanding troops on board, who is hereby informed that the other brigades, of his division are marching up from here to Goldsborough, and are to be ten miles from here to-night. I shall check them unless he can be on shore here to-night to catch them in the morning. If he cannot he is to go to Morehead, where General Prince had gone.
J. R. HAWLEY,