HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,
March 24, 1865.
Lieutenant Colonel ARCHER ANDERSON,
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,
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.
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,
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,
IN THE FIELD, March 24, 1865.