War of the Rebellion: Serial 100 Page 0700 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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NEAR SMITHFIELD, N. C., March 27, 1865.

General LEE:

I have no means of judging whether or not the troops of the Army of Tennessee at Mobile are required. If you have the information, please decide and order. Mobile it outside of my command.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

NEAR SMITHFIELD, N. C., March 27, 1865.

Major-General GILMER,

Richmond:

Major-General Cobb has been assigned to command in Georgia, and instructed to direct construction of railroad.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

NEAR SMITHFIELD, N. C., March 27, 1865.

General BEAUREGARD,

Raleigh:

How is Georgia organized? Please let Major Willis ascertain if there are shoes in North Carolina. We want them much, and General Lawton informed me that he had sent 7,000.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

RALEIGH, N. C., March 27, 1865-11 a. m.

General JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON,

Near Smithfield:

Middle and West Georgia with Tennessee form one department. Cobb is in command of portion of Georgia referred to. Hill commanded remainder, belonging to Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Best present arrangement would be to divide Georgia in two districts, under Mackall and Fry, the whole being under Cobb, or higher officers if they can be had.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

RALEIGH, N. C., March 27, 1865-11 a. m.

General JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON,

Near Smithfield, N. C.:

General Lee reported on 25th from Pinckneyville he will strike railroad at Catawba bridge. Why so high he does not state. Colonel Roman reports yesterday from Augusta he will forward shortly 1,800 men, fully armed and equipped. He says arms and accounterments are now exhausted there. General Holmes states that arms he had were issued by Colonel Hoke at Charlotte to Army of Tennessee.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

RALEIGH, N. C., March 27, 1865-12 m.

General JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON,

Smithfield, N. C.:

On reconsideration I would suggest that each of the States embraced within your proper georgraphical department shall form a separate mili-