War of the Rebellion: Serial 100 Page 0714 OPERATIONS IN N. C. S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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RALEIGH, N. C., March 29, 1865.

General JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON,

Smithfield, N. C.:

Had not Lee's artillery better go back to where its horses can be taken care of? Will his wagons come by rail or dirt road? If latter, what route?

G. T. BEAUREGARD,

General.

RALEIGH, N. C., March 29, 1865.

Major General J. F. GILMER,

Chief Engineer, C. S., Army, Richmond, Va.:

General Cobb and mayor of Macon, having represented iron refered to cannot be taken without serious injury to public service and to that city, I have authorized General Cobb and Colonel Meriwether to select the road from which iron should be taken forthwith.

G. T. BEAUREGARD,

General.

RALEIGH, N. C., March 29, 1865.

Major General HOWELL COBB,

Macon, Ga.:

From communications of Mr. Cochran, yourself, and other officers, it appears that the order for removal of fifteen miles iron of Macon and Brunswick Railway, if executed, may produce material injury to public service. Please confer with Lieutenant-Colonel Meriwether and arrange this delicate subject. You are aware of the urgent military necessity for this iron, but if the Macon and Brunswick Railroad cannot supply it, what order road can, with less inconvencience to the public? Mr. Cochran refers to iron in Florida. Is this feasible at present? Time is most precious. Colonel Meriwether weill be directed to confer with you.

G. T. BEAUREGARD,

General, Second in Command.

RALEIGH, N. C., March 29, 1865.

Lieutenant General S. D. LEE,

Chester, S. C.:

Send wagon train my most direct route (dirt roa) to Raleigh. Send your artillery to Yorkville or best point on Broad River for supplying men and animals. Report point selected.

G. T. BEAUREGARD,

General.

RALEIGH, N. C., March 29, 1865.

Major J. B. EUSTIS,

Assistnat Adjutant-General, &c., Chester, S. C.:

Remain for present at Chester to direct movement of troops from Georgia, and inspect repairs of railroad to Winnsborough and dirt road to Alston. Doctor Choppin must come here. Send office books and papers you may have with you. Also clerk and staff wagons.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.