HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, Warrenton, N. C., May 2, 1865.
Major General F. P. BLAIR,
Commanding Seventeenth Army Corps:
GENERAL: The general commanding directs me to say that he has learned that the Roanoke River is so wide that it will be necessary to use both sections of the pontoon bridge to span it. He thinks Robinson's Ford the most practicable point for laying the bridge, adn wishes you to move your command toward that ford to-morrow, taking the road parallel with the railroad, via Chestnut Cross-Roads, as marked on the map. Robinson's Ford is the one next below the ferry, represented on the map where Six-Pound Creek empties into the Roanoke. The general desires that you cause your section of the pontoon bridge to be pushed to the front rapidly, so that there will be as little delay as possible in effecting a crossing.
I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
WM. E. STRONG,
HDQRS. SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS, No. 112.
Ridgeway, N. C., May 2, 1865.
The command will move forward at 5 a. m. to-morrow in the same order as to-day, except the bridge train, which will take the advance of the Third Division and move at daylight. The Ninth Illinois Mounted Infantry will move at 6 a. m. and the First Michigan Engineers at the same hour. The train of headquarteres Military Division of the Mississippi will follow the train of the Ninth Illinois Mounted Infantry.
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By command of Major General F. P. Blair:
C. CADLE, Jr.,
HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Ridgeway, N. C., May 2, 1865-7 p. m.
Bvt. Major General M. D. LEGGETT,
Commanding Third Division:
GENERAL: I am directed by the major-general commanding to say that you will move forward on the direct road through Ridgeway to-morrow, instead of turning to the left at the station, as directed by Captain Kossak this p. m. We cross at Robinson's Ford, just below Six-Pound Creek, it being necessary to join the bridges of the two corps to span the river.
C. CADLE, Jr.,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF GEORGIA, Salem Church, N. C., May 2, 1865.
Bvt. Major General J. C. DAVIS,
Commanding Fourteenth Army Corps:
GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that if you have not sufficient bridging to bridge the Roanoke River, you lay what you