War of the Rebellion: Serial 100 Page 0712 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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arrest of stragglers from General Johnston's command. A prompt and vigorous enforcements of the general's views would materially strengthen his force, and at the same time relieve the community from many of the outrages it now suffers.

I am, general, very respectfully,

BRAXTON BRAGG,

General.

NEAR SMITHFIELD, N. C., March 29, 1865.

General R. E. LEE:

Following just received from Salisbury:

General Martin reports March 20 that General Vaughn informs him that large force of Federal cavalry is at Mosby Creek, this side of Knoxville, supposed to be intend for this post and North Carolina Railroad. His force and General Vaughn's insufficient to stop them, and asks troops to protect railroad.

BRADLEY T. JOHNSTON.

I send it for your information.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

NEAR SMITHFIELD, N. C., March 29, 1865,

Hon J. C. BRECKINRIDGE, Richmond:

Brigadier General G. J. Pillow has just reported to me by telegraph for assignment to chief control of recruiting service of my army west of Savannah River. I respectfully suggest that the War Department direct his operations. He thinks conscript service should also be assigned him, there being 20,000 men liable to conscription westof Savannah.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

NEAR SMITHFIELD, N. C., March 29, 1865.

His Excellency Z. B. VANCE, Raleigh:

Our troops are arriving between Chester and Charlotte. It is important that the whole force of the North Carolina road should be employed in bringing them on. I beg your whole influence and authority over railroad officials in aid of this.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

NEAR SMITHFIELD, N. C., March 29, 1865.

Brigadier General B. D. FRY,

Commanding, Augusta:

Send 10,000 shoes and pants to Raleigh for Army of Tennessee. If not in Augusta, have then brought from farther west. I have lent 300 wagons for transportation in South Carolina, therefore claim that there be no delay.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 74.

Richmond, Va., March 29, 1865.

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XIV. The First, Second and Third Regiments, South Carolina Cavalry are hereby constitued a brigade, to the command of which Brigadier