War of the Rebellion: Serial 100 Page 0686 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

March 24, 1865.

Lieutenant Colonel ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: Having given the necessary instructions for the troops designated by the general for operating on the enemy's communications and keeping me advised of his movements, I shall to-morrow remove the headquarters of this department to Raleigh.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

BRAXTON BRAGG.

NEAR SMITHFIELD, N. C., March 24, 1865.

General B. BRAGG:

In reply to your note of this morning, General Johnston directs me to say that he consents to your suggestions, and will confer with you to-day about the troops to be used.

ARCHER ANDERSON.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF NORTH CAROLINA, Numbers 24.

In the Field, March 24, 1865.

All officers having in their employment any of the slaves and free negroes under control of the engineer department will promptly make tri-monthly field returns of them to the chief engineer, viz, on 10th, 20th, and last days of each month. The chief engineer will thereupon make and forward a consolidated return of the entire force to these headquarters.

By order of General Bragg:

JOHN B. SALE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Return of the effective strength of the Army of Tennessee, March 24, 1865.

Command. Effective Total Aggregate

total. present. present.

Lee's corps. 2. 340 3. 211 3. 583

Cheatham's corps. 2. 005 2. 602 2. 927

Stewart's corps. 723 1. 131 1. 256

Total infantry. 5. 068 6. 944 7. 766

Kanapaux's battery. 106 108 112

Total artillery. 106 108 112

Grand total. 5. 174 7. 052 7. 878

ALEX. P. STEWART,

Lieutenant-General, Commanding.

IN THE FIELD, March 24, 1865.